Friday, December 6, 1996

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  • Exploring the Impact of Race on Public Education

    Sociology Professor Joe Feagin, of the University of Florida speaking at a Public Education Network conference talks about racism and the denial of racism in white society. Feagin cites surveys that show that a large percentage of white Americans have racist views of black people and surveys showing that the majority African Americans face discrimination. Feagin goes on to show the imbalance between white and black people in positions of influence and power. Feagin calls for and examination and recognition of racism in white society and he says that change must come, as demographers predict whites will become a minority in many American cities.

  • Exploring the Impact of Race on Public Education

    Opening a conversation about racism in education, Christine Gutierrez discusses how she dealt with the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict in her classroom. Gym focuses on the racism prevalent in school administrations and how this blocks activism and reform. Goodman plays a bit of a speech from a recent conference, opening up a discussion among the three guests about the importance of confronting racist speech in the classroom. Beverly Daniel Tatum discusses current research on stereotype vulnerability and how it affects student testing outcomes.

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