ERIC Number: ED068596
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Survival, Phase II: Unity Without Uniformity.
Watson, Bernard C.
If blacks are to have any hope of success in producing favorable social and political change, they must be extremely wary of having too narrow a focus. Blacks cannot waste time in the search for ideological purity, closing out those who happen not to agree on every detail of a specific program. Blacks, together with the other oppressed groups of society, must recognize that the agenda is no less comprehensive than life itself. Education is the focus of this essay, but clearly there are myriad relationships between educational issues and those which are usually considered beyond the scope of a paper on education. Faced with the failure of the public schools and the concommitant continual hostility, insensitivity, or apathy, many blacks have decided that retreat and surrender or individualistic effort are the only courses open. Equal opportunity in education will not become a reality overnight--even if funding increases drastically, even if the busing question is equitably resolved, even if teacher training is improved, even if admission to college is guaranteed to all who wish to apply. Suffice it to say there is work to be done and work enough for everyone who seeks to forward the twin causes of quality and equality. [Parts of this document will not be clearly legible on reproduction due to the print quality of the original.] (Author/JM)
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Sponsor: National Urban League, Inc., New York, NY.
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Note: paper prepared as an address to The National Urban League Coalition