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ERIC Number: ED063432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 130
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"Shut Those Thick Lips!" A Study of Slum School Failure. Case Studies in Education and Culture Series.
Rosenfeld, Gerry
This is more than a case study of a single school; it is an analysis, normative in character but based upon fact, of the conditions of slum schooling in the United States. What it means to go to a slum school and to be a black child is made clear, as is why the achievement of minority children in school is low. As a participant-observer, the author was able to combine the behavioral and anecdotal record in Harlem School with a social scientific assessment of its import. The author shows how, as a teacher in the school he describes, he captured some of the energy produced out of frustration and in so doing demonstrated potentials for learning that are usually assumed to be absent among children of the poor, and given the conditions of both school and community, might very well be presumed to have been lost. An important conclusion drawn from this study is that the teacher focuses on the child as being different and disadvantaged rather than upon the interactional setting in which cultural transmission is taking place. The teachers and the children in this environment interact in a deadly cycle of self-sustaining perceptions. Teachers see children as uneducable. Children see teachers as hostile, the school as forbidding, and the experience as limiting and destructive. (Author/JM)
Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc., 383 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017 ($3.00)
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Identifiers: New York (New York)