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ERIC Number: EJ768437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0548-1457
Conclusions: The Future of Family Involvement in Schools in African-American Communities
Juhasz, Anne
Negro Educational Review, The, v55 n1 p59-64 Jan 2004
This article talks about the future of family involvement in schools in African-American communities. The future of family involvement in the schools rests with today's teachers and parents who will take what they learned from the past, establish the philosophical foundations to guide their interactions, incorporate child and family theory and research into their plans, and use educational, psychological, and sociological constructs and methodologies in their applications. In this article, the author's vision of the future expanded Martin Luther King's "field of dreams" for African Americans to include all humanity. This global perspective acknowledges the common characteristics and basic needs of developing humans and societies. These are bonds that unite every human being. Applying the same principles of inclusion and involvement to all families and schools would cut across and eliminate artificial boundaries based on race and color, and other traits and constructs. The basic, common threads that bind humanity can be thought of as the vertical strands on a loom and the unique strengths characterizing different groups as the horizontal strands interwoven to form a rich and vibrant tapestry--the fabric of society. One person's dream is not enough to make it a reality. Stakeholders must believe and make it happen. African Americans could begin by basing their feelings of belonging and of value on many different attributes, seeking to extend their field of experience, and expand their view of a world that could be realized.
Negro Educational Review, Inc. NER Editorial Offices, School of Education, 1601 East Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27411. Tel: 412-648-7320; Fax: 412-648-7081; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A