chapter  3
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COMMUNITIES, SCHOOLS, AND INTEGRATION

In his recent anthropological study of a California school, John Ogbu makes the point that relationships between the school and the community are sporadic and limited in scope. Parent and community involvement in the schools, he writes, normally mean participation in such extracurricular programs as PTA, open house, and social entertainments rather than more vital matters such as "making decisions concerning the school curriculum or new programs" (Ogbu, 1974). This is a common pattern: The extent of community participation or control over the schools may vary, but, in general, parents and other community members are content to leave schooling to the teachers and school administrators (Fein, 1971).