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Eugenics and Education in America: Institutionalized Racism and the Implications of History, Ideology, and Memory (Complicated Conversation: A Book Series of Curriculum Studie)

 
 
 
 
Eugenics and Education in America: Institutionalized Racism and the Implications of History, Ideology, and Memory (Complicated Conversation: A Book Series of Curriculum Studie)
Author: Ann Gibson Winfield
ISBN 13: 9780820481463
ISBN 10: 820481467
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers
Publication Date: 2007-02-23
Format: Paperback
Pages: 195
List Price: $34.95
 
 

Education in America was designed to organize, classify, and sort students according to a definition of ability and human worth provided by a racialized scientism known as eugenics—an ideology whose ultimate goal was the establishment of a superior White race. Eugenicists targeted entire ethnic groups, the urban poor, rural "White trash," the sexually "deviant," Blacks, Jews, Native Americans, Asians, Latino/as, and anyone who did not fit with the pseudo- scientifically established "superior" Nordic race. Education leaders, complaining of children of "worm-eaten stock," established an enduring system to organize and sort students according to perceived societal worth. In exposing and addressing eugenics' place in our educational system, this book provides a groundbreaking addition to, and exceptional correction of, the history of curriculum in America.