ERIC Number: ED371104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May-17
Reference Count: N/A
Fulfilling the Promise of Brown.
Riley, Richard W.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the "Brown v Board of Education" decision, it is appropriate to review it as the spark for a new definition of equality in American life. The Brown case was the first significant step in the modern civil rights movement, and, as such, defined the structure and legal reasoning for the push by women, Hispanics, the disabled, and other disenfranchised Americans for equal treatment under the law. The Brown decision was a crowbar for change, and we are all the better for it. As we affirm what has come since Brown, we must acknowledge that which remains to be done. We are beginning to recognize that low expectations and watered-down curricula are depriving children of what they might learn. Real progress will depend, not on the courts alone, but on the political and community leadership that will bring people together. Diversity without insistence on excellence and high standards will weaken the educational system and deprive all children. The central task is now a world-class education for each American child. An attached fact sheet summarizes some gains made since the Brown decision. (SLD)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Secretary.
Identifiers: Brown v Board of Education
Note: Remarks prepared for Richard W. Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education, on the 40th Anniversary of "Brown v Board of Education" at the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, May 17, 1994.