Education: Slum School

The decision to teach, the teacher admits with irony, "was forced on me by the very urgent need to eat." For two embittering years after World War II, Edward Ricardo Braithwaite, sometime R.A.F. fighter pilot, searched for a job. He was a well-qualified physicist with degrees from New York University and graduate experience at Cambridge. But he was also a British Guiana-born Negro, and the London engineering firms to which he applied told him politely that there must have been some mistake: no jobs were available. Then Braithwaite heard that London's schools were...

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