ERIC Number: ED044455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-May
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Black Power and Education: The SEEK Experience at Queens College. Community Issues, May 1970.
During six months of the 1969-70 school year, Queens College was besieged by demonstrations by the black and Puerto Rican Student-Faculty-Counselor Coalition. While the situation was similar to that at other campuses in that drastic polarization and racial animosities were exacerbated, it was unique in one crucial aspect. Demonstrations at other colleges were generally directed toward creation of Black Studies programs and increased black student enrollment. The conflict at Queens, however, was about the way in which Operation SEEK, a remedial program for black students, was to be run. Perhaps for the first time, the principles of Black Power were being applied to preparing students from ghetto areas for college work. The tragedy of the situation was not property damage or the breakdown of order, but that both sides developed such rigid positions that crucial educational issues were never really confronted. The academic establishment became highly emotional and was more concerned with its own standards than with the needs of the program, while the Coalition placed more emphasis on black ideology, and a precious opportunity was lost. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (Author/DM)
Descriptors: Activism, Black Power, Black Studies, Compensatory Education, Educational Discrimination, Educational Improvement, Educational Problems, Educationally Disadvantaged, Racial Relations, Relevance (Education), Student Alienation, Student College Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Urban Universities
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Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Flushing, NY. Queens Coll.