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ERIC Number: EJ703107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May-1
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Washington Commentary: Desegregation and Degeneration
Lewis, Anne C.
Phi Delta Kappan, v85 n9 p643 May 2004
The May 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision came in the midst of a national preoccupation with taking care of very young baby boomers. There was a focus on the cheapest way to staff classrooms; build schools; get textbooks and other resources to students and teachers. The desegregation of schools proceeded with about the same level of thoughtfulness. There was massive resistance in some places, and policies were put in place throughout the country that stamped out the strengths of the minority school system, replacing them with tracking, low standards, and unequal resources. Multicultural education rarely rose above tokenism. This article discusses the implications of desegregation for the nation's public schools, the erosion of courage characterizing most of the decades since Brown, and the effects the Brown ruling has on education today.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education