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Ghetto Schooling: A Political Economy of Urban Educational Reform


reviewed by Joel Spring — 2000

coverTitle: Ghetto Schooling: A Political Economy of Urban Educational Reform
Author(s): Jean Anyon. New York: Teachers College Press, 1997. $18.95. 240 pp.
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807736627 , Pages: 240 pp., Year: 1997
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Weaving together insider scenes of ghetto schools, descriptions of so-called school reform efforts, and a troubling history of the rise and fall of an urban school system, Jean Anyon provides a complex portrait of the educational problems of low-income city residents. Shaking off the conceit of most educators that they hold the golden keys to the promised land of economic and social redemption, Anyon reveals the enormity of the inner-city problems that determine the fate of school children. Anyon’s list of interrelated problems include ghettoization of the poor by federal, state, and local policies; disappearance of manufacturing jobs by changes in global economics; historical neglect of the poor; discriminatory state revenue and spending policies; segregation and discrimination; lack of adequate medical care; dysfunctional family lives; incompetent or distressed teachers; blundering and unqualified school administrators; political patronage; and school reform that serves the interests of the reformers and not the interests... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 102 Number 5, 2000, p. 942-944
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10624, Date Accessed: 12/10/2017 9:18:41 PM

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  • Joel Spring
    New School University
    Joel Spring teaches at the New School University. His most recent book is The Universal Rights to Education. (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000). He is currently completing a book on equality and the universal right to education.
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