Radical Equations Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project

ISBN-10: 0807031275

ISBN-13: 9780807031278

Edition: 2002

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Description: At a time when popular solutions to the educational plight of poor children of color are imposed from the outside-national standards, high-stakes tests, charismatic individual saviors-the acclaimed Algebra Project and its founder, Robert Moses, offer a vision of school reform based in the power of communities. Begun in 1982, the Algebra Project is transforming math education in twenty-five cities. Founded on the belief that math-science literacy is a prerequisite for full citizenship in society, the Project works with entire communities-parents, teachers, and especially students-to create a culture of literacy around algebra, a crucial stepping-stone to college math and opportunity. Telling the story of this remarkable program, Robert Moses draws on lessons from the 1960s Southern voter registration he famously helped organize: "Everyone said sharecroppers didn't want to vote. It wasn't until we got them demanding to vote that we got attention. Today, when kids are falling wholesale through the cracks, people say they don't want to learn. We have to get the kids themselves to demand what everyone says they don't want." We see the Algebra Project organizing community by community. Older kids serve as coaches for younger students and build a self-sustained tradition of leadership. Teachers use innovative techniques. And we see the remarkable success stories of schools like the predominately poor Hart School in Bessemer, Alabama, which outscored the city's middle-class flagship school in just three years. Radical Equations provides a model for anyone looking for a community-based solution to the problems of our disadvantaged schools.

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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 2/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

A leader in the African American community for nearly 40 years, Robert Moses is the winner of many awards, including the MacArthur genius award and a prestigious Heinz Award for his work in the Algebra Project.

Charles E. Cobb, Jr., is a SNCC veteran and author of On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail.

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