ERIC Number: ED092473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating the Desegregated School: Some Observations and Suggestions.
Virag, Wayne F.
The problem of the desegregation process in public schools, beginning with the Supreme Court decision Brown v the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, is that it is conceived of as an artificial climate imposed by ratios and busing rather than a learning situation wherein ethnocentricity is developed as a positive attribute. Integration, however, is an experience of heart and mind wherein different racial and ethnic groups exist in an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding. To achieve integration, educational systems have spent little time or resources in preparing staffs for teaching in an integrated climate. The results have often led to misunderstandings, fear, and hostility among both faculty and students. The first step in moving toward an integrated school climate would be to establish positive intergroup relations among professional educators. From there other problems and alternatives could be discussed. These include the need for the establishment of objectives and criteria for student evaluation based on diversified cultural backgrounds, the encouragement of rational inquiry into controversial issues in the classroom, and the stressing of diversified value systems to students. Other problems such as the need for new curriculum and methods of instruction could be openly discussed. The net result would be a new humanistic approach to education. A key ingredient to achieve this integrated classroom environment is the attitude of teachers. (Author/DE)
Descriptors: Blacks, Cultural Pluralism, Desegregation Effects, Desegregation Methods, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Problems, Educational Strategies, Human Relations, Humanization, Integration Studies, Intergroup Education, Intergroup Relations, Racial Discrimination, School Desegregation, Teacher Attitudes, Values
Wayne F. Virag, Virginia State College, P.O. Box 702-N, Petersburg., VA. 23803 ($1.00 single copy)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education