ERIC Number: EJ724973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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The Impact of Brown on African American Students: A Critical Race Theoretical Perspective
Saddler, Craig A.
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v37 n1 p41-55 2005
There is no doubt that the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, Supreme Court decision was instrumental in initiating monumental change in the ways public schools have operated. The central question addressed by the Supreme Court in the Brown cases (1954, 1955) was whether segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race deprives minority children of equal educational opportunities even when all else is equal. The author suggests that the problems faced by African American students are complex and convoluted when contextualized in traditional notions of effective schooling. Such is the case because African American students are filtered into lower educational tracks at such a rapid pace and are often the unfortunate victims of mis-education. The author uses critical race theory to deconstruct the historical as well as contemporary resistance offered to the full implementation of the Brown decision. How we have arrived at the present state of affairs can be understood only by studying the forces effective in the development of Negro education since it was systematically undertaken immediately after emancipation. To point out merely the defects as they appear today will be of little benefit to the present and future generations. These things must be viewed in their historical setting. The conditions of today have been determined by what has taken place in the past, and in a careful study of this history we may see more clearly the great theatre of events in which the Negro has played a part. We may understand better what his role has been and how well he has functioned in it. (Woodson 1933, 9).
Descriptors: African American Education, Equal Education, Court Litigation, School Effectiveness, Public Schools, Minority Group Children, Educational Opportunities, African American Students
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas