ERIC Number: ED053124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
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Black Literature in High Schools in Illinois (English Teachers Speak for Themselves).
Lamar, Wilmer A.
Illinois English Bulletin, v58 n8 p1-41 May 1971
A study was conducted to ascertain what is being done with black literature and black writers in Illinois high schools. A questionnaire was sent to all members of the Illinois Association of Teachers of English and to heads of English departments in all high schools in the state. Of the 1,700 questionnaires circulated, more than 600 were returned. From these, it was possible to identify 389 different schools representing every county in the state. The picture which emerges in Illinois is that there is a clear majority of schools where white students simply have no contact in any level with others who are black. It is also true that the closer a school is to the center of racial turbulence the more attention it pays to units in black literature and black culture. Representative teacher statements on the questionnaire indicate that many schools do not have blacks enrolled, and that as racial conflict grows, these teachers become more confused about what they can do to help solve this complex problem. (CK)
Descriptors: Black Literature, English Curriculum, High Schools, Questionnaires, Racial Composition, Teacher Attitudes
Treasurer, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 100 English Building, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801 ($0.75)
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