Education: New Coleman Report

Much of the thrust toward school desegregation was provided by the 1966 Coleman Report, which demonstrated statistically that black students learn more in integrated classrooms. Now the author of that report, University of Chicago Sociologist James S. Coleman, has completed another study on school integration that is likely to be as controversial—and perhaps as influential—as his first. Coleman's conclusion: "Programs of desegregation have acted to further separate blacks and whites rather than bring them together."

The blame, says Coleman, lies largely in the forced massive busing of students in big cities. When confronted with the possibility that their children will have to...

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