ERIC Number: ED102269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
New Perspectives on Old Issues in Education for the Minority Poor. IRCD Bulletin, Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 1975.
Gordon, Edmund W.
A committee under the chairmanship of Benjamin Bloom met in June 1964 to discuss research findings about disadvantaged populations and the prospects for educating them. Many of the things talked about then have been realized: More money has been spent. Better than half of the colleges and universities train teachers for disadvantaged children. More guidance programs have been developed and educational technology obtained. Progress has been made in developing cultural and ethnic pluralism in educational materials. There is a renewed concern for vocational education and career development. But education is not an antidote to poverty. Furthermore, the school is immoral when it continues to hold that as its goal. Schools are one of the resources by which society prepares and develops its members. When other societal resources are unequally distributed, quality of schooling becomes even more important. When the society produces subpopulations less well prepared to benefit from the standard offerings of the school, we have the additional responsibility for broadening, expanding, and enriching the offerings of the schools, not as our first line of defense against poverty, but as protection against the effects of an unjust society, which, if they go uncorrected, systematically erode the human resources of that society. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.