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ERIC Number: ED024700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 10
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Educators and the Racial Issue in Education.
Solomon, Benjamin
Illinois Schools Journal, v48 n1 p25-34 Spring 1968
This document points out the link between racism and education as interrelated social institutions, analyzes educators' positions on the issue, and offers a concept of educational integration. Within a racist society the schools and its teachers will perforce reflect the dominant pattern in all the components of education. A racist attitude among teachers and school professionals is completely unprofessional, and is predicated on both a falsehood about racial inferiority and a dishonest posture of color blindness or neutrality. Segregation is in fact an abnormal type of relationship, whereas integration is a truly normal one wherein both races would accept each other and work together on an equal footing. The major locus of change must be the white community which has been responsible for structuring this abnormal relationship. A genuine integration effort should be teacher-initiated and comprehensive, to eradicate segregation throughout the field of education. The emphasis on racial balance in the schools only avoids the need to confront the intangible aspects of racism. (NH)
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