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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- Date Published: January 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
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