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ERIC Number: EJ1121784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1558-2159
"Acting White": How the Past Implementation of School Desegregation Helped Create Today's Attainment and Achievement Gaps
Buck, Stuart
Journal of School Choice, v10 n4 p436-445 2016
Summarizing my prior work, the only book length treatment of the "acting White" phenomenon (Buck, 2010), I argue that while desegregation was both a moral necessity and a social good, the manner in which desegregation was implemented by White authorities led indirectly to today's achievement gaps. In the course of desegregation previously all-African-American schools were closed, with their faculty and administrators typically demoted or terminated, and their students sent to previously all-White schools, where they were not always welcomed. This massive social change established "scholarly achievement" as part of a "White" identity, not a "Black" identity. Unfortunately, this diagnoses may not lend itself to easy solutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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