And Justice For All

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And Justice For All "Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education." -John Fitzgerald Kennedy It is the fall of 1950. Harry S. Truman is the President of the United States of America. The "I Love Lucy Show," starring Lucille Ball, enters its first television season. As the world revolves around them, two young girls are winding down from summer vacation and preparing for the arrival of school. Tina and Lynn have lived in the same neighborhood all of their lives. They both love to roller-skate down the street, shrieking with laughter. They like to collect shiny marbles and trade secrets while they play jacks. Tina and Lynn are the best of friends, oblivious to the fact that each is of a different skin color. As the morning approaches, the girls giggle together while skipping down the street for the path that leads to school. At the stop sign, Tina and Lynn wave good-bye as they head in opposite directions. In the yes of society, it is permissible for Tina and Lynn to be friends in the streets, but not in the classroom. Education is not only the process of acquiring knowledge, skills, and habits, it enables one to form values, opinions, and attitudes. What is learned in the home and reinforced in the school, is what becomes the product of society. Every human being is created in God's image and, therefore, should be equal. Man has a differing viewpoint. Man discriminates against his brother for religion, sex, weight, and economic status, but most notably for race. There have been many important Supreme Court decisions made, but one that changed the course of history forever was Brown vs. the Board of Educa... ... middle of paper ... ...tice. New York: Basic Books, 1975. Beals, Melba Patillo. Warriors Don't Cry. New York: Pocket Books, 1995. Blaustein, Albert P. and Clarence Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Desegregation and the Law: The Meaning and Effect of the School Segregation Cases. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1957. Futtrell, Mary Hatwood. Three Cities That Are Making Desegregation Work. Washington D.C.: National Education Association, 1984. Harris, Norene, Nathaniel Jackson, and Carl E. Rydingsword. The Integration of American Schools: Problems, Experiences, Solutions. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, Inc., 1975. Kluger, Richard. Simple Justice. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. Ladino, Robyn Duff. Desegregating Texas Schools. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996. Ratvich, Diane. The Schools We Deserve. New York: basic Books, Inc., 1985.

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