ERIC Number: ED161966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov-22
Reference Count: 0
Address by Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. at National Alliance of Black School Educators, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Jordan, Vernon E., Jr.
The economic gains and educational advances that social activism of the 1960's brought for blacks and minorities are now being cut back. Abandonment of beneficial programs is being rationalized in a new conservative recession economy. The National Urban League, in seeking to bring about an educational system "from the cradle throughout retirement with full involvement of those served," is concerned with the effects of budget cuts on educational programs. Cuts based on declines in district enrollment in urban areas are based on the decline of white sectors; inner city black schools have constant or even increasing enrollment. Head Start and community-based early childhood education should be preserved, not incorporated into the school systems. New approaches to counseling should be identified and developed, especially in elementary schools. The issue of unfair school suspensions and violence in schools could be addressed by general improvement in learning environments. The three out of four blacks who do not go to college should be encouraged to fight for up-to-date vocational training such as computer science or electronics. Black organizations should renew their commitment to the fight for an educational structure that reflects the needs, interests, and aspirations of black people. (Author/KR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Urban League, Inc., New York, NY.
Note: Not available in hard copy due to institution's restriction