ERIC Number: ED211635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Urban Child Achievement Levels: Myths and Realities.
Smith, Calvert H.
This report examines some myths and stereotypes in the light of factual information about cultural and learning characteristics of minority group children in urban school settings. Cited among the most prevalent myths are that the academic failure of urban children results from genetically determined intellectual inferiority, and that the failures of urban school children may be attributed to pathological social influences. Also examined are minority group family characteristics, and parent and teacher responsibilities and attitudes which are said to influence educational objectives and affect the actual outcomes of education in the urban school. Role clarification is identified as a critical factor in the achievement of success. It is further suggested that evaluation and change are needed in the following problem areas: (1) the biases of standardized tests; (2) the irrelevancy of textbooks; (3) the incompetence of school administrators; and (4) the inadequacy of present systems intended to evaluate the teaching process. (JCD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Cultural Traits, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Family Characteristics, Family School Relationship, Minority Groups, School Community Relationship, Social Influences, Stereotypes, Teacher Responsibility, Urban Education, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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