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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As a nation, we have been counting on education to solve the problems ofunemploy- ment, joblessness, and poverty for many years. But education did not cause these problems, and education cannot solve them. An economic system that chases ...
... War did not prevent the federal govern- ment from waging other unnecessary or unjust wars. Constant vigilance is nec- essary. But it is considerably more likely that equitable practice will followfrom good policy thanfrom bad.
Since the mid-1960s, the federal government has placed hundreds ofprograms in urban neighborhoods, ostensibly to ameliorate problems ofpoverty, unemploy- ment, and inadequate housing—with little progress to show for it (although com- ...
Lastly, in recent years a move- ment of an invigorated and political Right has pushed both America and its schools in conservative directions: Education, economic opportunity, and civil rights have all been weakened by the rise of an ...
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