The Public Interest

Busing: a Review of “The Evidence”

Clarence Normand , Elizabeth L. Useem , Marshall S. Smith & Thomas F. Pettigrew

Winter 1973

DAVID ARMOR’S “The Evidence on Busing,”(The Public Interest, No. 28, Summer 1972) presented a distorted and incomplete review of this politically charged topic. We respect Armors right to publish his views against mandatory busing. But we challenge his claim that these views are supported by scientific evidence. A full discussion of our reading of the relevant research would be too lengthy and technical for the non-specialist. We must limit ourselves here to outlining and discussing briefly our principal disagreements with Armor, which center on four major points.

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