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    Policy for the Public Schools

    Compensation and Integration

    David K. Cohen
    This article is concerned with the implications of research for national policy. As a consequence, the discussion centers upon only a few of the many changes which are generally advocated for urban education. The focus is upon those few basic aspects of urban public education which probably could be reached and fundamentally changed by the relatively limited instruments of national policy. Although they have enormous potential for creativity, these instruments—the law, money, and administrative requirements—also have limitations. The limitations are a good deal more acute in matters of educational opportunity than in, say, voting rights. It is in large part for these intrinsic reasons, and owing to certain historic limitations (we do not have a national school system, and thus cannot have a national policy on curriculum) that policy implications assessed here may seem to some rather narrowly circumscribed. It is not my view that unique programs and personalities, engaged creatively in education under what are often very trying conditions, are not important or significant. They are, and there is much to be learned from them.

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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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