Literacy and Racial Justice The Politics of Learning after Brown V. Board of Education

ISBN-10: 080932525X
ISBN-13: 9780809325252
Edition: 2003
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Description: In anticipation of the fiftieth anniversary of the landmarkBrown v.Board of Educationdecision, Catherine Prendergast draws on a combination of insights from legal studies and literacy studies to interrogate contemporary multicultural literacy  More...

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 9/24/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

In anticipation of the fiftieth anniversary of the landmarkBrown v.Board of Educationdecision, Catherine Prendergast draws on a combination of insights from legal studies and literacy studies to interrogate contemporary multicultural literacy initiatives, thus providing a sound historical basis that informs current debates over affirmative action, school vouchers, reparations, and high-stakes standardized testing.nbsp; nbsp; As a result ofBrownand subsequent crucial civil rights court cases, literacy and racial justice are firmly enmeshed in the American imagination—so much so that it is difficult to discuss one without referencing the other. Breaking with the accepted wisdom that theBrowndecision was an unambiguous victory for the betterment of race relations,Literacy and Racial Justice: The Politics of Learning afterBrown v. Board of Education finds that the ruling reinforced traditional conceptions of literacy as primarily white property to be controlled and disseminated by an empowered majority. Prendergast examines civil rights era Supreme Court rulings and immigration cases spanning a century of racial injustice to challenge the myth of assimilation through literacy. Advancing fromWays with Words,Shirley Brice Heath’s landmark study of desegregated communities, Prendergast argues that it is a shared understanding of literacy as white property which continues to impact problematic classroom dynamics and education practices. nbsp; To offer a positive model for reimagining literacy instruction that is truly in the service of racial justice, Prendergast presents a naturalistic study of an alternative public secondary school. Outlining new directions and priorities for inclusive literacy scholarship in America,Literacy and Racial Justiceconcludes that a literate citizen is one who can engage rather than overlook longstanding legacies of racial strife.

Gloria Ladson-Billings was a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked for a decade as a teacher and administrator in the Philadelphia Public Schools. She is the author of The Dreamkeepers (Jossey-Bass, 1997).

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Tangled History of Literacy and Racial Justice
The Economy of Literacy: How the Supreme Court Stalled the Civil Rights Movement
Bakke's Legacy: The New Rhetoric of Racial Justice
Desegregation Comes to the Piedmont: Locating Ways with Words
Give Me Your Literate: Literacy and the American Dream
Literacy and Racial Justice in Practice: High School X
Conclusion: The Politics of Learning after Brown
Notes
References
Index

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