ERIC Number: ED142608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr-2
Reference Count: 0
The Black Presence in Education.
Jordan, Vernon E., Jr.
This is an address by Vernon Jordan, Jr., executive director of the National Urban League. Mr. Jordan notes that for the first time in many years there is a spirit of hope and self-confidence in the black community because of the newly elected national administration. However, the new administration must be sensitive to educational issues affecting blacks. Educational issues resolve themselves into political power issues and the story of black education in America has been a power play between those who deny rights and those who are determined enough to escape the marginal status assigned to them. Conflict centered on educational policy demonstrate two facts: (1) schools are very important, no matter what the experts say, and (2) school systems have as their central function the three S's; sorting, screening, and selecting, not the education of children. Blacks have not made their presence felt to the degree that is necessary. There are issues that go beyond clear ones like curriculum, staffing, and community involvement to which blacks must direct their attention. School financing and whether the Office of Education should remain in HEW or whether it should be a separate department are two such issues. It is concluded that all blacks should adapt a spirit of cooperation and joint helpfulness in order to survive and overcome adversity. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Educational Issues That Impact on the Black Community