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ERIC Number: ED062482
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 16
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Compensating, Remediating, Innovating and Integrating: Illusions of Educating the Poor.
Gordon, Sol
Current state and federally funded educational programs seem to focus on four major themes: remediation, curriculum innovations, correcting racial imbalance, and compensatory education. Compensatory education refers to education programs which are designed to make up for deficiencies in a child's home environment. The ghetto child will never have a meaningful school experience unless the onus of his failure to learn is removed from his mode of life, his economic condition, and his lack of motivation. It is hypothesized that school failure in urban ghetto neighborhoods need not be attributed to the fact of de facto segregated schools or to our failure to understand the perceptual or cognitive style of a particular subculture. Ghetto children can learn equally well in all-black schools as in integrated schools. Many of the large city public school systems already have non-white enrollments which make up more than 50 percent of the entire student body. Programs designed to improve education in de facto segregated schools must aim at increasing the frequency of success and the heightening of levels of aspiration of each child. Both white and black children, separately or together, can learn in neighborhood schools which ideally would be developed as community schools. (Author/JM)
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Note: paper presented at the American Orthopsychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Detroit, Mich., April 1972