ERIC Number: ED160669
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
The Student Rights Issue: The Strategy for the Prevention of Genocide. Position Paper No. 2.
Thomas, Arthur E.
Education for black children in the United States is still an education for slavery. Public education for the oppressed has one objective: to destroy the positive self-image of black children. The destruction of self-image is necessary to destroy motivation in black children. This makes the climate ripe for genocide. The core of the student rights issue is that students have a right to like themselves and to believe they are important. Destructive school policies, be they suspensions, corporal punishment, denial of freedom of expression, tracking, or an irrelevant curriculum all contribute to the denial of a student's confidence in his own worth. These and other practices of school systems around the country promote a disease among students and their parents which is called mindlessness. Mindlessness is a precursor to fascism and genocide. It promotes dependence on and acceptance of decision making by government officials, teachers, and schools, when, by all rights, decisions should be made by the people whom they will most affect. Student rights is basically a call for democracy within the schools. True democracy in the schools is essential if genocide is to be avoided, since schools are the first oppressors with which black children must deal. The first step in achieving an equal society is to teach children to recognize that school is an oppressor. The second is to educate the oppressed to their rights as human beings, and the third is to develop specific remedies for specific instances of oppressions. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Urban League, Inc., New York, NY. Education Policy Information Center.
Note: Not available in hard copy due to institution's restriction