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Growing Up African American in Catholic Schools


reviewed by Diane Slaughter-Defoe & Kimberly Hufferd-Ackles 1998

coverTitle: Growing Up African American in Catholic Schools
Author(s): Jaqueline Irvine, Michael Foster
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807735302, Pages: , Year: 1996
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Shortly after the first author of this review published Visible Now: Blacks in Private Schools, (Slaughter & Johnson, 1988), the Chicago School Reform Act was enacted in the State of Illinois (P.A. 85-1418). In his overview and analysis of the four articles on African Americans and Catholic schools in Part 3 of that edited volume, Thomas Hoffer observed that there are two important lessons to be learned from the research, and at least one unanswered question. Lesson one is that, though the majority of African American children attending Catholic schools are not themselves from Catholic home backgrounds, they usually attend with other children who are Catholic, and benefit from being part of the school community. Lesson two is that Catholic schools, historically serving 90 percent of the Africa-American children attending private schools, do very responsive outreach recruiting and embracing of the youth and their families. Sharing the concern of other authors... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 4, 1998, p. 788-791
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10292, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 9:53:12 AM

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