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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Also part ofthe neoliberal paradigm is the application of the corporate logic of profits and privatization to as many spheres of life as possible, such as public education, in order to eradicate the need for taxes.
An economic system that chases profits and casts people aside (especially people of color) is culpable. How can a successfully reformed urban school benefit a low-income student of color whose graduation will not lead to ajob on which ...
These families are not well served by the 21st century 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 ...
... to central cities and segregated suburbs; and fed- eral and state taxes paid by residents throughout metro regions (including inner cities) support profit-producing development that takes place primarily in the affluent suburbs.
In a financialized economy, corporate profits that hitherto were invested in the “real” economy (for production and the provision ofservices) are used for specu- lation (e.g., placing bets) in stock, mortgage, currency, ...