Radical Possibilities: Public Policy, Urban Education, and A New Social Movement
Routledge, 14/03/2014 - 244 من الصفحات
The core argument of Jean Anyon’s classic Radical Possibilities is deceptively simple: if we do not direct our attention to the ways in which federal and metropolitan policies maintain the poverty that plagues communities in American cities, urban school reform as currently conceived is doomed to fail. With every chapter thoroughly revised and updated, this edition picks up where the 2005 publication left off, including a completely new chapter detailing how three decades of political decisions leading up to the “Great Recession” produced an economic crisis of epic proportions. By tracing the root causes of the financial crisis, Anyon effectively demonstrates the concrete effects of economic decision-making on the education sector, revealing in particular the disastrous impacts of these policies on black and Latino communities.
Going beyond lament, Radical Possibilities offers those interested in a better future for the millions of America’s poor families a set of practical and theoretical insights. Expanding on her paradigm for combating educational injustice, Anyon discusses the Occupy Wall Street movement as a recent example of popular resistance in this new edition, set against a larger framework of civil rights history. A ringing call to action, Radical Possibilities reminds readers that throughout U.S. history, equitable public policies have typically been created as a result of the political pressure brought to bear by social movements. Ultimately, Anyon’s revelations teach us that the current moment contains its own very real radical possibilities.
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By the end ofthe Depression, the public pressure of these social movements had successfully forced the federal government to pass progressive legislation that inaugurated a period of“gentler, kinder, capitalism”—an iteration ofthe ...
... perceived as unjust) to the labor movements ofthe 19th and 20th centuries, to the civil rights, women's, bilingual, and disability movements, the most unjust policies have been replaced by liberal and sometimes radical legislation.
Among the policies considered (in addition to minimum wage legislation) are job training as a predominant federal anti-poverty policy when there have been too few jobs for graduates; ineffective federal Introduction 7.
Three decades of labor battles were necessary before legislation in 1938 finally provided the legal end to child labor, an eight-hour day, a 40-hour week, and a minimum wage. This decades-long, vociferous advocacy also culminated in the ...
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