The other Boston busing story

what's won and lost across the boundary line

By Eaton, Susan E.

Publishers Summary:
"METCO, America's longest-running voluntary school desegregation program, has for 34 years bused black children from Boston's city neighborhoods to predominantly white suburban schools. In contrast to the infamous violence and rage of forced school busing within the city in the 1970s, METCO has quietly and calmly promoted school integration. How has this program affected the lives of its graduates? Would they choose to participate if they had it to do over again? Would they place their own children on the bus to suburbia?". "Sixty-five METCO graduates vividly recall their own stories in this revealing book. Susan E. Eaton interviewed program participants who are now adults, asking them to assess the benefits and hardships of crossing racial and class lines on their way to school. Their answers poignantly show that this type of racial integration is not easy - they struggled to negotiate both black and white worlds, often feeling fully accepted in neither. Even so, nearly all the participants believe the long-term gains outweighed the costs and would choose a similar program for their own children - though not without conditions and apprehensions."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN
978-0-30008-765-9
Publisher
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2001.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on April 1, 2001

Many people know the story of Boston's school busing order that went into effect in 1975 and of the violence that it spawned. Few, however, know about the "other" Boston busing story the one about Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO), founded in 1966 by black parents and activists as a voluntary school desegregation program. In its first year, METCO bused 220 black children to suburban communities. Approximately 4300 students have now...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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