Harvard Educational Review
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    A Black Student's Reflection on Public and Private Schools

    Imani Perry
    Which are more effective, private or public schools? This is an age-old question to which many educators and researchers have offered their answers. In this compelling essay, Imani Perry, a fifteen-year-old high school student, offers an interpretation of the differences between her private and public school experience that adds new insight into this question. Perry provides rich examples to support her main argument that, in her experience, public schools deny students their identity as intellectual beings, and repress the intellectual development of minority students in particular. Private schools, on the other hand, are culturally isolating for minority students. Perry does not advocate the abandonment of public for private school, but offers a clear analysis of those aspects of public schools that must be changed if public schools are to serve the needs of minority students. This is an analysis that could only come from a minority student who has experienced both worlds.

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    Fall 1988 Issue


    Rethinking Liberal and Radical Perspectives on Racial Inequality in Schooling
    Making the Case for Nonsynchrony
    Cameron McCarthy
    The Silenced Dialogue
    Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People's Children
    Lisa D. Delpit
    Racism in Academia
    The Old Wolf Revisited
    Maria de la Luz Reyes and John J. Halcon
    Wounding the Spirit
    Discrimination and Traditional American Indian Belief Systems
    Carol Locust
    Ethnic Prejudice
    Still Alive and Hurtful
    Valerie Ooka Pang
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