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ERIC Number: ED137472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Urban School Desegregation and Structural Changes in the Economy.
Wilson, William J.; O'Sullivan, Katherine
This paper examines the role of urban schools in an advanced industrial society such as the United States, and the extent to which structural changes in the economy intervene with schooling to determine the social positon of urban workers. It suggests that in order to realistically assess the basic assumptions and rationale for urban school desegreagtion, in order to evaluate their consequences, and in order to delineate the linkages between educational and economic opportunities, the effects of recent structural changes in the economy and how they affect schooling for black youths in the inner city must be considered. Furthermore, it notes that the development of a dual labor structure has made it increasingly difficult for workers without special skills and/or higher educational experience to enter the better paid and more desirable jobs in central cities. The point is made that the employment problems facing inner city youths are not simply a consequence of inadequate education. They are also the result of the labor market duality that has developed. A conclusion of this paper is that the strong association between urban public schools and the production of the low wage labor supply will not be significantly affected by programs to achieve desegregation, or by any other programs to improve inner city schools if they are not also designed to offset the problems of educational content and quality which have become attached to the education of the working class in urban schools. (Author/AM)
Author, University of Chicago, Illinois
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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