>> this is very much a work in progress… but here is something of a short and scattered set of resources. please add more!!!! >>>
New to thinking about school integration? Start here!??
- This American Life podcast “The Problem We All Live With Part 1” and “The Problem We All Live With Part 2.”
- Listen to both episodes. Then listen again.
- Hannah-Jones, Nikole (2016) “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City: How one school became a battleground over which children benefit from a separate and unequal system” NYTimes
- Now, part of the canon.
- Wells, Amy Stuart, Lauren Fox and Diana Cordova (2016) How Racially Diverse Schools and Classrooms Can Benefit All Students, The Century Foundation
- A long report, rich with data.
- Frontline film (2014) Separate and Unequal (running time 27: 14)
Opting IN to an integrated/ing school? Read these now!:
- Posey-Maddox, Linn (2014) When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools: Class, Race, and the Challenge of Equity in Public Education
- When middle-class parents engage in urban school communities, they can bring a host of positive benefits, including new educational opportunities and greater diversity. But their involvement can also unintentionally marginalize less-affluent parents and diminish low-income students’ access to the improving schools. In response, Posey-Maddox argues that school reform efforts, which usually equate improvement with rising test scores and increased enrollment, need to have more equity-focused policies in place to ensure that low-income families also benefit from—and participate in—school change.
- Lewis, Amanda and John Diamond (2015) Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools
- Through five years’ worth of interviews and data-gathering at Riverview, John Diamond and Amanda Lewis have created a rich and disturbing portrait of the achievement gap that persists more than fifty years after the formal dismantling of segregation. As students progress from elementary school to middle school to high school, their level of academic achievement increasingly tracks along racial lines, with white and Asian students maintaining higher GPAs and standardized testing scores, taking more advanced classes, and attaining better college admission results than their black and Latino counterparts. Most research to date has focused on the role of poverty, family stability, and other external influences in explaining poor performance at school, especially in urban contexts. Diamond and Lewis instead situate their research in a suburban school, and look at what factors within the school itself could be causing the disparity. Most crucially, they challenge many common explanations of the ‘racial achievement gap,’ exploring what race actually means in this situation, and why it matters
- Cucchiara, Maia Bloomfield and Erin McNamara Horvat (2009) “Perils and Promises: Middle-Class Parental Involvement in Urban Schools”
- Middle-class parents bring myriad resources to urban schools and can be catalysts for change. However, the relationship between parental involvement and widespread benefit was mediated by parents’ own goals and perspectives as well as by the larger social context. Furthermore, compared to a more individualistic approach to parental involvement, a collective orientation is more sustainable and has greater potential for benefiting all children in the school, without regard to their social class.
- Freidus, Alexandra (2016) “A Great School Benefits Us All: Advantaged Parents and the Gentrification of an Urban Public School”
- Middle-class, professional, and White families in gentrifying cities are increasingly choosing neighborhood public schools. … [yet] as they worked to make their local public school “great,” advantaged parents performed the role of careful investors, defined themselves as the source of the school’s potential value, and marginalized low-income families and families of color. These findings raise important questions about educational equity for both educational researchers and urban school and district leaders.
- Jean, Daniel (2016) Public School Integration is now Public School Gentrification. YoPhilly.
- super short opinion piece.
Some excellent histories you won’t want to miss:
- Erikson, Ansley (2016) Making the Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation and Its Limits
- This is very long and detailed and beautiful and disturbing look at Nashville Tennesee’s history of redlining and segregation.
- Also, check out this video of Dr. Erickson discussing her book (56min).
- Demont, Matt (2016) Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation
- “This groundbreaking book shows how school officials, politicians, the courts, and the media gave precedence to the desires of white parents who opposed school desegregation over the civil rights of black students.Why Busing Failed shows how antibusing parents and politicians ultimately succeeded in preventing full public school desegregation”
- Ryan, James (2010) Five Miles Away, A World Apart: One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America.
- “Tracing the fortunes of two schools in Richmond, Virginia–one in the city and the other in the suburbs. Ryan shows how court rulings in the 1970s, limiting the scope of desegregation, laid the groundwork for the sharp disparities between urban and suburban public schools that persist to this day. The Supreme Court, in accord with the wishes of the Nixon administration, allowed the suburbs to lock nonresidents out of their school systems. City schools, whose student bodies were becoming increasingly poor and black, simply received more funding, a measure that has proven largely ineffective, while the independence (and superiority) of suburban schools remained sacrosanct. Ryan explains why all the major education reforms since the 1970s have failed to bridge the gap between urban and suburban schools and have unintentionally entrenched segregation by race and class. As long as that segregation continues, Ryan forcefully argues, so too will educational inequality.”
- Roda, Allison (2015) Inequality in Gifted and Talented Programs: Parental Choices about Status, School Opportunity, and Second-Generation Segregation (Palgrave Studies in Urban Education
- This book is rather expensive… here is an interview with Dr. Roda