London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Civic education as transformation? Studying teachers within international networks

Author(s) Stevick, E.D.:  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2003  
Editor Europe of Many Cultures, Alastair Ross Ed.  
Language English  
Age group -  
The United States Supreme Court's famous 1954 decision in Brown vs. The Board of Education, followed by the successes of the Civil Rights movement, brought about a political and legal/institutional transformation that seemed finally to achieve the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation and Civil War a century earlier. Yet, as I came to understand after a former student terrorised several states in a racist shooting spree, the United States never attempted a systematic nation-wide effort to eliminate racism through schools. The shooting was not an isolated incident, and the United States is still rife with racism and racial problems. Even the promise of Brown and the Civil Rights movement continues to languish, as the third most powerful elected official in the country publicly celebrates segregation without being compelled to resign while reports of racial purging of the voter roles before the 2000 election emerge from Florida.1

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