Public Schools: Is Bussing Self-Defeating?

Civil rights activists contend that as long as segregated housing patterns prevail, any meaningful and democratic integration of U.S. public schools must be achieved by bussing white and Negro children hither and yon. Critics fear that the net effect is a drop in educational quality, since such integrated classes inevitably tend to take the pace of the culturally backward slum kids. This fear, moreover, leads many white parents to move away or send their children to parochial and private schools, thus heightening segregation even more. Long after most goals of the Negro Revolution have been generally accepted, the pro-bussing...