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ERIC Number: EJ885552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0077-5762
A Tale of Two "Browns": Constitutional Equality and Unequal Education
Anderson, James D.
Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, v105 n2 p14-35 Oct 2006
Author Derrick Bell is not alone in wondering why "Brown v. Board of Education" commands such "awe and respect" in a nation where racial and ethnic groups remain separate and unequal in its public schools. Indeed, the ethnic disparities in academic achievement, the resegregation of public schools, and the ever-widening disparities in school funding overshadow most of the positive gains made over the past 50 years. This chapter seeks to assess "Brown's" place in the nation's memory and history, both its undeniably important role in their long struggle for equality under the law and its unfulfilled promises of racial desegregation and educational equality. This chapter has two basic objectives. First, the author examines the place and meaning of "Brown" in the larger struggle for individual and racial equality. Because "Brown" redeemed promises of constitutional equality that had been rejected since the Declaration of Independence, its legal significance is national in scope and its meaning extends beyond the interest of any particular ethnicity, class, or gender. The second objective of this chapter is to provide an understanding of how the particular implementation of and resistance to "Brown" impacted the struggle for equal education. It is widely acknowledged that "Brown's" direct impact on school desegregation and unequal education was limited and has become more circumscribed with each passing year. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education