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A Chance to Learn
The History of Race and Education in the United States

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  • Date Published: May 1977
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521291286

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  • How - and why - have children of blacks, American Indians, Mexican-Americans, and Puerto Ricans been deprived by and often excluded from the so-called American educational system? In this classic 1977 study of a problem neglected or undervalued in most standard histories of American education, Professor Meyer Weinberg seeks the answers. Concretely and empirically, he shows that from their forebearers' first contact with dominant American society, minority children have been shockingly disadvantaged by the public schools. Instead of accepting this passively, however, minority group parents and leaders have struggled against it. Their efforts and those of others to secure the amount and quality of schooling that majority offspring get almost routinely were largely failures. Dr Weinberg claims this was inevitable but says that without a clear understanding that efforts were made, no further efforts can ever succeed.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1977
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521291286
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: race in American education
    Part I. Elementary and Secondary Education:
    1. The system of compulsory ignorance
    2. Separate and unequal: black education, 1864–1950
    3. Struggle for public policy: black children since 1950
    4. Mexican-American children: the neighbours within
    5. Indian-American children
    6. Puerto Rican children
    Part II. Higher Education:
    7. Guarded preserve: black students in higher education
    8. Higher education for other minorities
    Part III. Conclusions:
    9. To educate all the children of all the people

  • Author

    Meyer Weinberg

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