Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Article "UR Specialists Seek Cure for Dropoutitis"

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Article "UR Specialists Seek Cure for Dropoutitis"

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Education writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Robert Holland, wrote this article to cover a local interracial seminar for public schools, sponsored by the University of Richmond, held at University College, in 1967. Community leaders voiced their opinions, with some claiming that the cure for the dropout rate was love from the teachers. Dr. James Sartain, associate professor of Sociology at the University of Richmond, argued that "public schools need to develop a program for slow learners and potential drop-outs." The director of Upward Bound, an anti-poverty initiative, at Virginia Union University, a historically black university, exemplified the possibly problematic nature of teachers living in different neighborhoods from their students because it created a disconnect that fosters a fear in the teachers of the students' homes. Also, these low-income and minority schools were severely understaffed and underfunded. John Madden, principal of John Marshall High School, believed that schools must teach students that the government doesn't have an obligation to "take care of them, to feed them, to clothe them, and to take their economic worries."

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The Richmond Times-Dispatch

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1967-08-04

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English

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Richmond (Va.)

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Holland, Robert, “Article "UR Specialists Seek Cure for Dropoutitis",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed October 20, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/1835.