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ERIC Number: ED264343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Educational Trends and U.S. Commitments Since the Brown Decision.
Clark, Kenneth
The Supreme Court's landmark Brown decision changed the total pattern of race relations in the United States and helped to solidify the foundations of American democracy for the benefit of all Americans. Ironically, although the specific issue which resulted in the Brown decision was concerned with the constitutionality of racially segregated public schools, the beneficial consequences have been more pervasive and pronounced in aspects of society other than the field of public education. The effects of the Brown decision on education form an inconsistent pattern: segregated schools continue to exist, and seem to be proliferating, especially in the North; a biracial system of higher education persists in the South; and the most racially desegregated area of higher education is varsity athletics. It is clear that the pattern of resistance to any genuine compliance with the Brown decision is pervasive and formidable. As a whole, educators have defaulted in helping society to understand that the defense and maintenance of a segregated educational system is not only inimical to the imperatives of a functioning democracy, but also makes it difficult to attain the important goals of education. Racially imbalanced schools do not prepare children to cope effectively in a contemporary and future world. The Brown decision should be required reading in the training of all teachers. (KH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education