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ERIC Number: ED033926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Oct
Pages: 14
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A Talk to Teachers.
Kozol, Jonathan
Now is the time for teachers to face honestly the basic problem within ghetto schools--that black parents, children, and leaders do not like or trust their schools or the white staffs of the schools because the schools have done nothing to deserve their trust. Reasons for the failure of the schools to adequately educate over 10% of graduating Negro children lie within the educational structure and the teachers' attitudes. Teachers who will strike for pay, better working conditions, and extra benefits will remain silent about racist textbooks. Supervisors instruct teachers to remain aloof and formal in all contact with the black community. Also responsible are the teachers' colleges and schools of education which fail to psychologically and intellectually prepare the majority of teachers for the reality of ghetto schools. Many idealistic young people active in the Peace Corps, Civil Rights Movement, and Freedom Schools are not allowed to teach in inner city schools because they lack the required education courses. But teacher participation must take place because only teachers who are personally involved on the side of the black community can make education work in the ghetto classroom. (JM)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Spring Conference of the New York State English Council, New York City, April 26, 1968