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ERIC Number: ED169179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Political Economics of Effective Schooling.
Gordon, Edmund
Two lines of argument have been advanced to support the assertion that schooling makes little difference in the efforts of low status people to achieve equality or a fair chance at survival. One says that the genetic inferiority of certain races makes them incapable of benefitting from schooling. Although there is no hard biological evidence to support this viewpoint, it has been widely publicized and used as an argument against compensatory education. The second argument asserts that schools are not effective forces in changing the life chances of pupils. The view that schooling and the achievement of economic equality have little direct relationship has been used to justify reduced expenditures on schooling and lower demands on education. However, the problems of educating disadvantaged populations who have been systematically deprived of educational opportunity require attention to issues such as differential patterns of intellectual and social function; health-related conditions affecting children and their ability to learn; ethnic and cultural incongruities between school staff and the children and community; and schools' accountability as social institutions. As things now stand, arguments against effective schooling rely on questionable research which serves to relieve schools and the society of the responsibility for providing equal education. (Author/WI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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