Busing in Boston: Teaching the History of Segregation, Desegregation, and Busing

SAT, MAR 26, 2016 (34:09)

The Boston busing crisis and public school desegregation of 1974 to 1988 was an extremely contentious period in local history that reverberated nationally. To help students and others understand what happened and why, the Boston Public Schools have created online resources for teaching about the history of segregation, desegregation, and busing in Boston. Josue D. Sakata, Assistant Director for History and Social Studies for Boston Public Schools, reviews that history and discusses how it is presented in the Boston Public Schools today, including how the online resource was created and how it is used with students.

(Image: Herbert E. Glasier [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, image cropped)

+ BIO: Josue D. Sakata

Josue D. Sakata is the Assistant Director of History and Social Studies for Boston Public Schools. He joined Boston Public Schools in the fall of 2014; previously he was a Curriculum Support Specialist for Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Education Transformation Office, where he oversaw social studies instruction and provided coaching and support to schools. Sakata holds a bachelor's degree from Florida International University and a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from The Union Institute and University. He is one of the creators of Boston Public Schools' online resource project intended to help teachers introduce the Boston busing and public school desegregation crisis of 1974 to 1988 to students.

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