AMERICAN NOTES: Class Tensions

A nationwide attitude-measurement questionnaire given last fall to fourth-and fifth-graders by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare asked students a blunt question about their parents: "How do you think your parents feel about black and white students going to the same school together?" And about their schoolmates: "Do you think black students in this school cause more trouble than other kinds of students?" About their teachers: "Do you think white teachers in this school are unfair to students who are not white?" The questionnaire was designed to measure racial attitudes, primarily in urban schools, and to...

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