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Race and Education, 1954-2007 Hardcover – January 9, 2009

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Raymond Wolters is Thomas Muncy Keith Professor of History at the University of Delaware. His books include The Burden of Brown: Thirty Years of School Desegregation and Du Bois and His Rivals (University of Missouri Press).
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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri (January 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826218288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826218285
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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What caused the decline in American public education over the past 50 years? Countless books have been written on this subject. Most are politically correct drivel, some written by the same academics whose advocacy of social engineering for egalitarian and multicultural objectives helped cause the decline in the first place. A few - especially the authoritative histories of public education by Diane Ravitch - have shed a damming light on utopian pedagogical fads such as "the child centered classroom," "outcome based education," and the general hostility of the educational establishment towards a curriculum based on the transmission of knowledge, with the establishment favoring instead a curriculum based on "learning how to learn" and indoctrination in politically correct platitudes. These are indeed important causes of American educational decline. But perhaps THE most important cause, the forced racial integration of primary and secondary schools, especially programs like busing to achieve "racial balance," is seldom addressed in the literature about educational problems. Even Ravitch - unblinkingly honest on other reasons - largely (though not entirely) skirts the race issue. There are good reasons for the general silence, of course. Racial integration and its modern embodiment, the cult of diversity, have become sacrosanct, part of the American civic religion, whose moral goodness and entirely positive effects cannot be questioned by decent people. Anyone who does is, ipso facto, not decent, a racist who should be driven out of polite society and, if possible, professionally ruined.

Nevertheless, from time to time (albeit rarely), a brave soul DOES question the orthodoxy that racial integration has been an unalloyed good for American education. Raymond Wolters is one of these.
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