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ERIC Number: ED174742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-17
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Desegregation: The Next Step.
Scott, Bradley
Curriculum content, personnel qualifications, hiring practices, facilities and equipment, parental and student rights, and school board impartiality, while important factors, do not insure the success of a desegregation effort within any school district. Without strong support from people within the community, including business, political, religious, and social sectors, desegregation efforts will not be successful. In addition, school district officials and the elected board members must be unambiguously supportive of desegregation, because their attitudes influence those of the adults in the community. Among community members, parents, in particular, do much to mold children's attitudes, and should therefore become well informed about desegregation. School staff must understand students' perceptions, feelings, and questions, and be willing to openly respond to potentially explosive concerns. In addition, faculty must encourage effective communication and dialogue. Administrators should both support teacher efforts to foster integration and be willing to move along more reticent faculty members. In sum, all participants have important responsibilities in regard to school desegregation. Their efforts should be characterized by sincerity, humanity, and the recognition that today's children are the adults of tomorrow. (GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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