ERIC Number: ED250419
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
From Brown to Grove City College: 1954-1984.
The effects of the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas decision of 1954 reached some 160 million people and had implications for about 40 percent of all school children in the United States. The impetus for social reform emanating from this decision extended beyond school children and the public school arena to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and other social movements. Despite this, the implementation of the "Brown" decision has been plagued with imperfection and ineffectiveness. Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was another milestone in school desegregation efforts; this Act strengthened "Brown" by giving it Federal enforcement initiative. Nonetheless, actual increases in the enrollment of blacks in formerly all-white school took years to achieve. Furthermore, after peaking in the early 1970s, black representation in higher education began to decrease again. The major problem, however, is that even with greater educational opportunities for blacks, school "integration" has not taught black children how to read and to be free, proud, and competent. True integration is, at least, a two-way learning process, and it is the opinion of some individuals that white people in power are not convinced that their children or teachers have anything to learn from blacks. (GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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