A Struggle for Educational Equality 1950-1980 Abby Levin Amy Newcomb David oh Kimberly Sieveke Lucinda Philipp Richard Presicci Terra Makowski. CI 565 – Dr. Gayle Y. Thieman , Portland State University. Social Context in the 1950’s. Postwar baby boomers are hopeful
A Struggle for Educational Equality1950-1980Abby LevinAmy NewcombDavid ohKimberly SievekeLucinda PhilippRichard PresicciTerra Makowski
CI 565 – Dr. Gayle Y. Thieman, Portland State University
Springfield Public School - 1950
Eastport School, Annapolis - 1950
Board of Education in Topeka, Kansas
A Failure to Integrate
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Walkout in Crystal City - 1969
School in San Francisco - 1975
Years later the debate for educational equality continues!
Busing as an example was used successfully to create more racially balanced schools in many cities
But it failed in places like Detroit - the numbers were out of sync to promote quality education for all
Did the lawsuits and litigation work?
Some think the debates and action were needed to address the social injustice in a democratic society
Yet there is a doubt that the best ideas about common schools and public education have not been tried
So where did we get in 30 years of radical changes?
We sometimes forget where we were in 1954 and some do see a net gain for the society as a whole.
We got the laws in place that can allow us to move forward and develop a healthy system - but will we?