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    Alternative Public School Systems

    Kenneth B. Clark
    The author asserts that American public education suffers from "pervasive and persistent" inefficiency, particularly in the schools provided for Negro and other underprivileged children. After discussing the obstacles to "effective, nonracially constrained" education, the author proposes a strategy for providing excellent education in ghetto schools in conjunction with efforts to bring about effective school desegregation. Because the present patterns of public school organization are themselves a principal factor in inhibiting efforts to improve the quality of education, it will be necessary, he contends, to find "realistic, aggressive, and viable competitors" to the present public schools. The paper concludes with a discussion of alternatives to existing urban public school systems, including such possibilities as industrial demonstration schools and schools operated by the Department of Defense.

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    Spring 1968 Issue

    Abstracts

    Preface
    Harold Howe II
    The Concept of Equality of Educational Opportunity
    James Coleman
    Sources of Resistance to the Coleman Report
    Daniel P. Moynihan
    Research Issues
    School Factors and Equal Educational Opportunity
    Henry S. Dyer
    Academic Motivation and Equal Educational Opportunity
    Irwin Katz
    Race and Equal Educational Opportunity
    Thomas F. Pettigrew
    Social Class and Equal Educational Opportunity
    Alan B. Wilson
    Policy Issues
    Towards Equality of Educational Opportunity?
    Samuel Bowles
    Alternative Public School Systems
    Kenneth B. Clark
    Policy for the Public Schools
    Compensation and Integration
    David K. Cohen
    Discussion
    Implementing Equal Educational Opportunity
    Report Analysis
    Theodore R. Sizer
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