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All Together Now: Creating Middle-Class Schools through Public School Choice


reviewed by Mavis G. Sanders 2002

coverTitle: All Together Now: Creating Middle-Class Schools through Public School Choice
Author(s): Richard D. Kahlenberg & Richard C. Leone
Publisher: Century Foundation Press, New York
ISBN: 0815748108 , Pages: 352, Year: 2001
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In All Together Now: Creating Middle-Class Schools through Public School Choice, Richard Kahlenberg makes a comprehensive statement about the negative effects of concentrated poverty on educational opportunities and academic achievement in the U.S. The primary premise of the book is that the educational opportunities and outcomes of low-income youth can be greatly improved through the creation of "common schools" or schools with student populations that at a minimum are 50 percent middle-class. According to Kahlenberg, "Economically integrated schools will raise the achievement and improve the life chances of the poor without reducing the achievement of the middle-class . . . (p. 25)." He further states: Apart from the achievement effects, socioeconomic integration, and the racial integration it entails, is likely to produce a more cohesive and humane society, one in which people are less likely to view one another as "others" with the added benefit of taking the direct focus off race per se (p. 43). Kahlenberg builds his argument for social class integration as a school... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 1002-1005
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10794, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 8:51:27 PM

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  • Mavis Sanders
    Johns Hopkins University
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    Mavis Sanders holds a joint appointment as research scientist at the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR), and assistant professor in the Graduate Division of Education at Johns Hopkins University. Her research and teaching interests include school reform, parent and community involvement -- with a particular interest in the possibilities and limitations of community involvement in education -- and African-American student achievement.
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