ERIC Number: ED355315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Race, Class, and Education: The Politics of Second-Generation Discrimination.
Meier, Kenneth J.; And Others
This book explores how the use of academic grouping and tracking can limit the educational opportunities available to black students. Equal educational opportunities are examined for 174 U.S. school districts with at least 15,000 students and a 1 percent black enrollment. The focus is on political forces that affect education. The analysis indicates that patterns of racial difference in the sorting practices of schools form a consistent pattern of action that is termed second-generational educational discrimination. How these policies developed is reviewed. The following changes in public policy are needed to provide equal educational opportunities for black students: (1) abolishing at-large school districts to increase opportunity for minority representation; (2) increasing the number of black teachers; (3) making the Federal Office for Civil Rights an aggressive civil rights action agency; (4) empowering the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to release data on racial employment by school district; (5) reevaluating academic grouping; and (6) banning corporal punishment. Results of the analysis are presented in 44 tables and 4 figures. Appendix A, Statistical Analysis, contains an additional 14 tables. Appendix B lists the school districts included in the analysis. A 379-item bibliography is attached. (SLD)
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Black Students, Civil Rights, Educational Change, Educational Discrimination, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Minority Groups, Nondiscriminatory Education, Political Influences, Politics of Education, Public Policy, Racial Differences, Racial Discrimination, Student Placement, Track System (Education)
University of Wisconsin Press, 114 North Murray Street, Madison, WI 53715 ($14.95, paper; $37.50, cloth--ISBN-0-299-12210-7).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: A publication in the La Follette Public Policy Series.