December 10, 2010 in 1960s-1970s

Education I have learned always has an underlying message. During the 1920’s it was used to Americanized the waves of immigrates that were coming in to the United States. Education is a powerful weapon that can be wielded as a force to mold population to have a certain mind set or accept a certain way of life. The line between indoctrination and education can and often is a very gray line. Prior to the integration of schools in Kentucky this power of education was used to keep African Americans down. According to Fifty years of segregation: Black higher education in Kentucky, 1904-1954 By John A. Hardin African American Colleges in Kentucky were encouraged to teach industrial education. Eckstein Norton Institute, Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute for Colored Persons, and Kentucky State were institution that focused largely on industrial teaching that would prepare African Americans to work, more menial positions that had less power and lower wages. Charles Parris, and William Simmons who actually spoke out for industrial education both at different times the President of Eckstein Norton Institute. James S. Hathaway promotion such movements toward industrial education within Kentucky State. Rev. J.E. Jackson succeeded Hathaway’s work within the university rooting the school even more into industrial education. He even pleaded for more funds to expand the program. They were setting the standard so low for African American students who could have achieved so much more. Hardin wrote racist whites embraced this indoctrination saying that it “permitted blacks to achieve success without stepping beyond their place”.

Fifty Years of Segregation: Black …” Google Books. Web. 10 Dec. 2010. .

2 responses to Indocrination

  1. This coincides with my article on segregated libraries. Many whites constantly wanted to hold African American back from education so that they would always have a group to feel superior to.

  2. “Indoctrination”, such a powerful force in the development of a culture. Not to mention multifaceted!

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