ERIC Number: ED074170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Goals and Alternatives for the Education of Minority Group Students in Elementary and Secondary Schools.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Select Committee on Equal Educational Opportunity.; Froomkin (Joseph) Inc., Washington, DC.
This paper argues that social demands on the educational system have changed dramatically in the course of the past few years. A more affluent American society is now demanding that education provide a medium where excellence can be attained by the most able students and a certain minimum level of competence is attained by students who are less academically inclined or less gifted. No longer can the system afford to act merely as a sorting device, certificating the better-motivated and academically inclined Americans. We are making a major financial sacrifice to extend years of schooling to the majority of the population and we want assurance that these additional expenditures will pay off in increased performance for those who are forced to attend school longer. There is now an almost universal demand for a drastic reduction in the number of semi-illiterates and for general mastery of simple mathematics. What is not too clear is how to meet these goals. Different groups in our society have placed demands on the schools which are not only overlapping, but sometimes inconsistent. Most often, the schools have been asked to perform those functions which the family was least capable of providing. Such diverse expectations not only influence the programs of different educational institutions which cater to groups with different socio-economic compositions, but give rise to strident attacks on the system. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Finance, Educational History, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Educational Resources, Elementary School Students, Equal Education, Minority Group Children, Remedial Instruction, Resource Allocation, Secondary School Students
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Select Committee on Equal Educational Opportunity.; Froomkin (Joseph) Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Committee print, Senate Select Committee on Equal Educational Opportunity