Book — 1 online resource (xv, 379 pages). Digital: data file.
American schools today: falling short of our goals
The case for economic school desegregation
The significance of the socioeconomic makeup of schools
The difficulty with alternatives to socioeconomic integration
How socioeconomic integration can be achieved in practice
Political and legal strategies
Rebutting the case against socioeconomic integration
Practical experience with socioeconomic integration.
This provocative book asks a simple question: since we know that middle class schools tend to work best, why not give every child in America the opportunity to attend a public school in which the majority of students come from middle class households? Economically integrated schools, the author argues, will do far more to promote achievement and equal opportunity than vouchers, standards, class size reduction, or any of the other leading education proposals on the left and right that seek to make "separate but equal" schools work. Building on two recent education trends -the decline in racial desegregation as a legal tool and the movement toward greater public school choice -All Together Now provides a blueprint for creating schools that educate children from various backgrounds under one roof. Concurring with the concerns of voucher proponents about the unfairness of trapping poor kids in failing schools, the book provides a practical, viable, and legally sound plan for promoting economic and racial integration among public schools. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
""CONTENTS""; ""ACKNOWLEDGMENTS""; ""PREFACE""; ""INTRODUCTION""; ""UNIVERSAL PUBLIC EDUCATION""; ""POLITICIANS WHO CRY â€œCRISISâ€?""; ""LEGEND OF THE FALL""; ""THE GREAT CHARTER COMPROMISE""; ""THE TEACHING PROFESSION AS A SERVICE INDUSTRY""; ""â€œIF EDUCATION CANNOT DO EVERYTHING â€?â€?""; ""CONFRONTING POVERTY AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME""; ""CONCLUSION""; ""NOTE""; ""REFERENCES""; ""ABOUT THE AUTHORS""