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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Policies that tax the rich at effec- tively lower rates than the middle class; keep the minimum wage at fractions of its former strength; prevent the establishment of jobs with decent wages, affordable housing, and public transportation ...
Policies such as minimum wage statutes that yield poverty wages, housing and transportation policies that segregate low-income workers of color in urban areas, and industrial and other job development in far-flung suburbs where public ...
... U.S. economy—and would certainly profit from policies (such as a doubling of the minimum wage) that substantially improved the economic milieu in which they—and their black and brown brothers and sisters—struggle to make a living.
that those utopian schemes for an eight-hour workday, a minimum wage, and some sort of financial assistance when fired, became federal policy in the 1930s, and are accepted as common sense by most Americans today.
Also important are policies that would help, but are conspicuous by their absence; for example, regulation ofthe minimum wage that kept low-paid work- ers' income at the median ofhighly-paid, unionized workers in the decades after World ...