All Together Now: Creating Middle-Class Schools through Public School Choicereviewed by Mavis G. Sanders — 2002
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.) Title:
All Together Now: Creating Middle-Class Schools through Public School ChoiceAuthor(s):
Richard D. Kahlenberg & Richard C. LeonePublisher:
Century Foundation Press, New YorkISBN:
0815748108 , Pages:
2001Search for book at Amazon.com
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- Mavis Sanders
Johns Hopkins University
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.