The Search for Quality Integrated Education: Policy and Research on Minority Students in School and College

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10
The Minority Community
and its Schools

Ignoring and ignorance can be closely related. By failing to acknowledge a social reality--"ignoring it"--"ignorance" of that reality is created. There is much of this going on in racial-ethnic matters in the literature of the subject as well as in the world of action. The great bulk of writing on minority parents, slim as it is, seldom views them as active initiators. They are regarded as passive objects of white policy. In this chapter, we will examine materials that place minority parents in a more realistic frame. First, we will review the evidence of public opinion polls, both national and local, bearing on attitudes toward busing, then, studies of school- community relations focusing on minority parents, taking special note of Hispanic segregation. Finally, we will analyze some studies of the role of parents working in classrooms.


National Public Opinion Polls

Public opinion studies dealing with desegregation almost wholly concern white opinion. 1 Researchers have been uniformly uninterested in the opinion of black persons on this subject, perhaps because, as in so many other areas, blacks tend to be taken for granted by whites. In 1956 and 1957, Gallup polled blacks on their opinions on desegregation, but did not conduct another poll until 1969. Meanwhile, whites were polled numerous times.

During 1972-1978, two separate polling organizations--the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) and the Survey Research Center (SRC) of the University of Michigan--tapped national black opinion nine times. Respondents were asked their opinion of busing, and the findings were expressed in percentages, as follows: 2

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • 1 - The Historical Background 1
  • Notes 20
  • 2 - The Legal Framework 23
  • Notes 50
  • 3 - Race And. Intelligence in America 54
  • Notes 85
  • 4 - Changing Discriminatory Educational Processes 94
  • Notes 109
  • 5 - Education in Black Schools 112
  • 6 - Intradistrict Inequalities 127
  • Notes 143
  • 7 - Desegregation and Academic Achievement 146
  • Notes 168
  • 8 - Moving from Desegregation to Integration 172
  • Notes 189
  • 9 - Mexican Americans and American Indians 194
  • Notes 226
  • 10 - The Minority Community and Its Schools 231
  • 11 - Minorities in Higher Education - I 270
  • Notes 290
  • 12 - Minorities in Higher Education--Ii 294
  • 13 - Conclusions 324
  • Bibliographical Essay 333
  • Index 343
  • About the Author 355
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