ERIC Number: ED106390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May-16
Reference Count: 0
School Desegregation: Constitutional Right or Obsolete Policy? [and Seminar Discussion].
Bell, Derrick A., Jr.
In his presentation at the start of the seminar, the author argues that the total commitment of civil rights groups to school integration as the sole means for enabling black children to obtain the "equal educational opportunity" guaranteed them by the Supreme Court is not only obsolete policy, but reflects a wasteful, dangerous and demeaning refusal to consider alternative remedies at a time when meaningful school desegregation is virtually impossible in many communities. The insistence on integrating every public school that is black perpetuates the racially demeaning and unproven assumption that blacks must have a majority-white presence in order to either teacher or learn effectively. This assumption limits the definition of "integrated schools" to those which are predominantly white. The current massive commitment to school integration by the national office of the NAACP, the Legal Defense Fund, and virtually every other legal agency with sufficient legal and financial resources to effective represent the educational interests of black and other minority group students, is questionable on grounds of: (1) historical precedent; (2) parental priorities; (3) educational expertise; and, (4) legal strategies. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Seminar on Public Policy (Center for Urban Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 16, 1974); Best Copy Available