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Book Club ~ Noliwe Rooks

Integrated Schools is kicking 2018 off with a hard-hitting look at the relationships between segregation and privatization. Our January Book Club selection is Noliwe Rooks’ new book Cutting School.

As excited as we are about reading this book, we are doubly thrilled to discuss it — Dr. Rooks has graciously offered to join us!!!  So RSVP ASAP below to participate in the casual, online discussion at the end of January and you will get a chance to talk with the author herself!

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“Public schools are among America’s greatest achievements in modern history, yet from the earliest days of tax-supported education—today a sector with an estimated budget of over half a billion dollars—there have been intractable tensions tied to race and poverty. Now, in an era characterized by levels of school segregation the country has not seen since the mid-twentieth century, cultural critic and American studies professor Noliwe Rooks provides a trenchant analysis of our separate and unequal schools and argues that profiting from our nation’s failure to provide a high-quality education to all children has become a very big business.
Cutting School deftly traces the financing of segregated education in America, from reconstruction through Brown v. Board of Education up to the current controversies around school choice, teacher quality, the school-to-prison pipeline, and more, to elucidate the course we are on today: the wholesale privatization of our schools. Rooks’s incisive critique breaks down the fraught landscape of “segrenomics,” showing how experimental solutions to the so-called achievement gaps—including charters, vouchers, and cyber schools—rely on, profit from, and ultimately exacerbate disturbingly high levels of racial and economic segregation under the guise of providing equal opportunity.
A comprehensive, compelling account of what’s truly at stake in the relentless push to deregulate and privatize, Cutting School is a cri de coeur for all of us to resist educational apartheid in America.”

HOW Book Club WORKS: 

  • REGISTER by clicking on the time slot that works best for you… (We keep these conversation groups small to encourage meaningful discussion. We also try to offer a variety of times to accommodate lives and time zones. Please let us know if you’re interested in participating but cannot make one of these times work &/or if you need to cancel).
  • Get the book. Read the book.
    • We understand that committing to reading a whole book is hard — as is actually finding the time to get it and read it!  If you aren’t able to get/read/finish the book, check out the interviews with Noweli Rooks at the Have You Heard Podcast and The Brian Lehrer Show. These will give you plenty of info and background with which to participate!
  • At your chosen time, log in through your computer or phone (it’s easy and free), and join the conversation with parents from across the country.
  • Invite your friends, share on social media!


If you’re interested in starting an Integrated Schools Book Club in your community, email us and we can help (reading selections, facilitation questions, etc).

Links to earlier Book Club readings:  Session OneSession TwoSession ThreeSession Four


As always, please email with any questions, suggestions or comments – we’d love to hear from you!


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