ERIC Number: ED185175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Inner City Schools in Crisis--Can We Meet the Challenge? or Do We Want to Meet the Challenge?
Barnett, Samuel B.
This paper considers the role of education in influencing the political, economic, and social status of blacks, focusing particularly on the issue of educational testing and the activities of the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The failure of the educational system to effect significant changes in the status of blacks relative to whites is discussed and the role of social science in creating instruments that justify unequal educational treatment is examined. The author's experiences at ETS are described in terms of his involvement in the institution's efforts to redesign educational tests in order to remove their bias against minorities. It is stressed, however, that even the fairest of tests cannot alone achieve equality of opportunity, because other criteria can be invoked to perpetuate social discrimination. It is also held that principal problems black educators face in their struggle to eliminate bias are their white colleagues' (1) general unfamiliarity with life styles of common folk in general and black people in particular, and (2) theoretically based orientations. Other crucial problems in the areas of research and testing are outlined and, finally, current efforts underway at ETS relating to minority education are described. (GC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Educational Testing Service
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of Black Educators (New York, NY, May 15, 1977)