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ERIC Number: EJ773992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
The Heightened Significance of "Brown v. Board of Education" in Our Time
Wraga, William G.
Phi Delta Kappan, v87 n6 p425-428 Feb 2006
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in the case of "Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka," which struck down the "separate but equal" doctrine of the 1896 "Plessy v. Ferguson" decision. The Court claimed, "To separate them [African American children] from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone." The Court concluded that "in the field of public education the doctrine of "separate but equal" has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." Most people associate "Brown v. Board of Education" solely with the issue of school desegregation. However, the landmark decision also illuminated several other fundamental ideals of education in a democracy. In this article, the author fears that today's prevailing trends in education policy are a threat to those ideals. (Contains 23 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education; No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Plessy v Ferguson