ERIC Number: ED532697
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Reference Count: 26
Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Landmark Decision. Brown v. Board of Education. Info Brief. Number 37
Laitsch, Dan; Rodi, Katherine G.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
In the 50 years since "Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka" formally desegregated public schools, there has been enormous progress in the academic success of African Americans, particularly in high school completion, improved test scores, increased college enrollment, and attainment of advanced degrees, as well as full access to and participation in all areas of employment. Despite the great strides that have been made over the past half-century, however, many schools in the United States are once again segregating; previous efforts to address inequities and racial isolation, including busing and affirmative action, are being rolled back; and serious disparities remain in minority graduation rates, school achievement, and participation in higher education. Many of the current issues that educators and policymakers face regarding race and minority achievement have their roots in the history of "Brown". The issues that originated under the institutional racism that led to the segregation of black students now apply more broadly to Hispanics, Asians, and other ethnic, minority, and disability groups, as well as economically segregated students and communities. As we celebrate the successes of the past 50 years, it is important to look at the broader picture surrounding "Brown" and work to ensure that we hold true to the legacy of a belief that separate is inherently unequal. A list of resources is included.
Descriptors: African American Students, Graduation Rate, Racial Bias, Racial Segregation, Academic Achievement, Affirmative Action, Court Litigation, School Desegregation, High School Graduates, Underachievement, Racial Differences, Minority Groups, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Equal Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education