Learning Power Organizing for Education and Justice

ISBN-10: 0807747025
ISBN-13: 9780807747025
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 7/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

In cities across the nation, low-income African American and Latino parents hope that their children's education will bring a better life. But their schools, typically, are overcrowded, ill equipped, and shamefully under-staffed. Unless things change dramatically, more than half the students will never graduate and many will face a life of poverty-wage work. Learning Power documents a radical approach to school reform.

Jeannie Oakes is Director of Educational Opportunity and Scholarship at the Ford Foundation, following a 20-year career at UCLA where she was Presidential Professor in Educational Equity. She is author of the influential book, Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality. Winner of the 2013 AERA Social Justice in Education Award

Nancy Balaban is a faculty member of Bank Street Graduate School of Education, and Nancy Gropper is theCoordinator of Instructional Support, Bank Street Graduate School of Education

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Learning Power
Unjust Schools
Still Separate and Still Unequal
"Steps On Freedom Road": An Activist" Public
Elaborating the Argument: Social Inquiry and Grassroots Organizing
The Limits of School Reform
Preserving Advantage/Preserving Inequality
Equity Reform at Wilson
What Went Wrong?
The Limits of Enlightenment as a Change Strategy
Reform that Changes Little
Participatory Social Inquiry: What John Dewey Offers Equity Reformers
Dewey On Equality
A Revitalized Public
Towards an Educative Politics
The Legacy of Dewey's Educative Politics for Contemporary School Reform
Social Design Experiments
Futures: Students Disrupting High School Inequality
The Futures Project
Participatory Social Inquiry
What Happened to Futures?
Gains Through Struggle
Transforming Students But Not Schools
Teaching to Change Los Angeles: Teachers Bringing Social Justice to Urban Classrooms
Teacher Inquiry
Teaching to Change LA
Building Power: What Grassroots Organizing Offers Equity Reformers
Social Movements
Grassroots Organizing
The Roots of Contemporary Organizing
Participatory Social Inquiry and Organizing
Lessons for School Reform
Alliances for Equity
Parent-U-Turn: Parents Organized for Inquiry and Action
Organized Parents as a Site for Participatory Social Inquiry
Power to Hold the Powerful Accountable
Taking Collective Action
What Has Parent-U-Turn Accomplished?
The Educational Justice Collaborative: Activist Groups Working Together for Equitable Schools
The Development of the Educational Justice Collaborative
Organizing as a Site for Participatory Social Inquiry
Adopting a Critical Stance
Constructing a Transformative Goal
Building Relational Power and Identity
Taking Collective Action
What Has the Educational Justice Collaborative Achieved?
Beyond Williams
Making Schools and Society Just: The Power of Inquiry and Organizing
Inequality and the Logic of Schooling
Revitalizing the Public's Democratic Imagination
What Constitutes Evidence of Successful Inquiry and Organizing?
Optimism and Considerable Caution
Taking "Many and Long Steps"
Notes
References
Index
About the Authors

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