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Assimilation and Public Schools

A just assimilation, by contrast, would be one in which the cultures of the different groups are shared, and in which the unifying of peoples is the result of adaptation on both sides.

In spite of all of the complexity implied in the assimilation process described above, immigrants in the United States are typically considered to be assimilated at that point where they have mastered the language sufficiently, have learned American behavioral customs sufficiently, and have sublimated their own behavioral customs sufficiently to permit them to function in American society with a minimum of difficulty (Gordon, 1964, p. 63). It is at this level of assimilation that American public schools have served to facilitate the assimilation of immigrant groups in the United States.

While American public schools have functioned to facilitate the assimilation of immigrant groups at the basic level of the meaning of the term, they have also served as institutional devices to preclude meaningful assimilation on a broader scale. The neighborhood school concept, which is dear to most Americans, assures that minority groups, for the most part, will have limited social intercourse with the majority population in the United States. Thus, while American public schools provide the language training, and indoctrination on social behaviors 3acceptable in the United States, they often f

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