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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... American workers, or to the increasingly large portion of employment that pays poverty and near-poverty wages. Yet federal policy is determinant. Congress, to take a blatant example, set the first minimum wage in 1938 at $3.05 (in 2000 ...
... American families did not share in the prosperity of the Golden Years. Nor, before the late 1960s, did the federal safety net reach them. Implementation of the 1930s' regulations had been left to states and localities, and southern ...
... American consumer was able to purchase what U.S. industries produced. And businesses in the nationally bounded economy were indeed dependent on the American consumer's relative affluence. By the 1960s, corporations began to globalize in ...
... American society: Stagnating wages (the share of U.S. national income going to wages and salaries reached its lowest recorded level in 2005), a vastly smaller middle class, diminished public sphere and safety net, and the increases in ...
... American employees saw their wages fall (in constant dollars—that is, adjusted for inflation). Even with the economic strength of the late 1990s, a majority of workers made less (in constant dollars) in 2000 than they had in 1973. New ...
Federal Policies That Keep People Poor
Income Wealth and Taxes
New Hope for Urban Students
Metro Areas and the Regional Geography of Poverty Job and Public
Housing Reform as Education Reform
Regional and Local Challenges to Inequity
Social Movements New Public Policy and Urban Educational
Building a Social Movement
Putting Educators at the Center of a Social Movement for Economic