ERIC Number: ED063431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Busing: Who's Being Taken for a Ride. ERIC-IRCD Urban Disadvantaged Series, Number 27, June 1972.
As the history and statistics of busing indicate, the greatest demand for it has come from rural states, where population is scattered and the consolidated school district is typical. But urban and suburban areas have begun to use busing more heavily than before. Not only has busing become a safety factor in crowded urban areas or suburbs where no sidewalks exist, it has also permitted these areas to develop special schools. Virtually all attempts at unique elementary and high school education now depend on some form of busing. The final result of all this is that the school bus has come to be looked upon as anything but a necessary evil. The following five myths and fictions surrounding the current crisis over school busing offer a final chance to put the issue in perspective: (1) Busing goes against tradition and represents a break with past approaches to improving education; (2) Busing is the exception and the neighborhood school is always the most desirable; (3) The decision to bus has, until recently, not been guided by social beliefs or principles; (4) Riding on the bus is bad for children; and, (5) Busing is invariably a financial burden on the community. The heart of the busing issue is not the problem of transportation but our national commitment to equality of opportunity for all. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Bus Transportation, Desegregation Effects, Desegregation Methods, Educational Finance, Educational History, Educational Opportunities, Elementary Education, Equal Education, High Schools, Political Issues, Rural Education, School Buses, School Desegregation, Student Transportation, Urban Education
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.
Note: revised version of a paper appearing in "Commonweal," v96 n3, March 24, 1972