ERIC Number: ED172986
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
A Perspective on Delivering Educational Services to Special Populations--Black and Other Minorities.
Chavis, Kanawha Z.
For educational delivery systems to meet the needs of special rural populations of minority children, teaching and learning strategies must take into account the three factors of human identity, culture, and ruralness itself. Children who are members of special populations often have an even greater need than most children for recognition, acceptance, and development of self-esteem. Their racial and ethnic culture must be considered and they need to know about their own cultural heritage. Negative prejudices based on race, ethnic origin, and social class status permeate our educational system; these attitudes can damage self concept, sense of environmental control, and students' interest. The individuality of students must be recognized, their respective backgrounds accepted and understood, and building done on the strengths populations the children bring to the classroom. The academic performance of minority children is also hampered by such teacher behavior as using inappropriate curriculum materials and expecting less of the children. These special populations of children frequently come from homes not oriented toward school and educators must devise more creative, imaginative, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. (The author has a distinctive perspective on the education of special rural populations as he speaks from his own experiences as a minority member, a person raised in the rural South, and as an educator.) (DS)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Delivery Systems, Educational Strategies, Educationally Disadvantaged, Ethnic Groups, Minority Group Children, Minority Groups, Opinions, Poverty, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Population, Rural Schools, Social Discrimination, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Seminar (College Park, Maryland, 29-31 May 1979)