Quality Education as a Constitutional Right Creating a Grassroots Movement to Transform Public Schools

ISBN-10: 0807032824
ISBN-13: 9780807032824
Edition: 2007
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 6/29/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

In 2005, legendary civil rights leader and education activist Robert Moses invited one hundred prominent African American and Latino intellectuals and activists to meet to discuss a proposal for a campaign to guarantee a quality education for all children as a civil right-a movement that would "transform current approaches to educational inequity, all of which have failed miserably to yield results for our children." The response was overwhelming, and people literally started organizing on the spot. This book-emerging directly from that effort-starts with a fierce, eloquent call by Moses for a new approach to school reform. He argues that the crisis in public education for children of color won"t be solved by bureaucratic fixes, but-like the crisis in political citizenship in the 1950s and 1960s-only by a grassroots popular movement on the model of the civil rights movement. Latino organizer Ernesto Cortes tells us about the realities of organizing based on the success stories of grassroots change in Texas. Lisa Delpit shows us the key features of culturally grounded quality education. Other eminent educational, historical, and legal experts lend their voices to this pathbreaking book.

Lisa Delpit is an African American and a lifelong teacher who promotes the idea of having "visions of success for poor children and children of color." Her 1995 book, Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, discusses how to better train teachers by using nine specific factors, among them understanding the brilliance of the children, recognizing and building on the children's strengths, using familiar metaphors and experiences from the children's world, and nurturing a sense of connection to a greater community, of which they are a part. Delpit's father owned a restaurant and her mother taught high school. Her parents set an example by providing free meals for local elementary school children who could not afford to buy lunch. This fostered in Delpit a commitment to helping others. Delpit was one of the first African Americans to attend desegregated Catholic schools in Louisiana. She also attended Antioch College in Ohio and Harvard University. She has worked at the University of Alaska, Morgan State University's Urban Institute for Urban Research, and Georgia State University, holding the Benjamin E. Mays Chair of Urban Educational Leadership. Delpit received a MacArthur Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1993.

Introductions The Historical and Contemporary Foundations for Robert Moses's Call to Make Quality Education a Constitutionally Guaranteed Right
�The Holy Cause of Education�: Lessons from the History of a Freedom-Loving People
Organizing: The Youth Shall Lead the Way
Miss Baker's Grandchildren: An Interview with the Baltimore Algebra Project
Can the Constitution Guarantee Quality Education?
Reading, Writing, and Rights: Ruminations on Getting the Law in Line with Educational Justice
Schools That Shock the Conscience: What Williams v. California Reveals about the Struggle for an Education on Equal Terms Fifty Years after Brown
Constitutional Property v. Constitutional People
Quality Education as a Civil Right: Reflections
Pursuing Excellence in a Context of Inequities
Stepping Stories: Creating an African American Community of Readers
Is This School?
Stories of Collaboration and Research within an Algebra Project Context: Offering Quality Education to Students Pushed to the Bottom of Academic Achievement
Culturally Responsive Pedagogies: Lessons from Teachers
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