Urban Schools: Crisis and Revolution

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R&L Education, Oct 16, 2011 - Education - 147 pages
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Urban Schools: Crisis and Revolution describes America's inner-city public schools and the failure of most to provide even a minimally adequate education for their students. With numerous examples, James Deneen and Carm Catanese argue that these failures are preventable. Early chapters document the two-tiered character of American public schools, the tragic consequences of failing schools for millions of students—mostly Black and Hispanic—and the financial costs to American society. In later chapters, Deneen and Catanese describe the special problems of inner-city schools and the changes in school organization and curriculum needed to overcome them. They also provide examples of schools in severely disadvantaged communities in which such changes have enabled students to succeed academically, graduate, and enter college. In the final chapters, the authors examine the public and non-public school options available to urban parents. They discuss school choice, a hotly debated issue in urban education. The book concludes with a plan, consisting of six recommendations, for reforming a failing urban school.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Section I THE PROBLEM
3
Chapter One TwoTiered Education
5
Chapter Two Schools and Society
19
Chapter Three Schools and the State
27
Chapter Four Urban Schools across America
31
Chapter Five America Compared with the World
35
Chapter Six Barriers to Change
41
Chapter Ten Restructuring
79
Chapter Eleven Teachers and Parents
89
Chapter Twelve Language and Extended Instruction
95
Section IV SCHOOL CHOICE
105
Chapter Thirteen Public School Choices
107
Chapter Fourteen Nonpublic Options
125
A SixStep Program
131
References and Bibliography
137

Section II BASIC FACTORS IN SCHOOL RENEWAL
49
Chapter Seven Does Poverty Mean Failure?
51
Chapter Eight Essentials in Successful Schools
57
Chapter Nine Leadership and Responsibilities
67
Section III REFORMING FAILING SCHOOLS
77
Internet Resources
141
Glossary
143
About the Authors
147
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James Deneen is retired from Educational Testing Service, where he was a program director for the Advanced Placement Program. He has written several books on K-12 curriculum and assessment.

Carmen Catanese is a co-founder of Citizens for Successful Schools. He is retired from the Sarnoff Corporation, where he was executive vice-president.

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