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Race in the Schools: Perpetuating White Dominance?


reviewed by Kitty Kelly Epstein 2005

coverTitle: Race in the Schools: Perpetuating White Dominance?
Author(s): Judith R. Blau with Elizabeth Stearns
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder
ISBN: 1588262294, Pages: 250 , Year: 2003
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Lots of Americans believe that low-income urban youngsters use more drugs than their more affluent suburban counterparts Judith Blaus unusual book, Race in the Schools: Perpetuating White Dominance, takes a statistics-based sledgehammer to certain American stereotypes about schools, students, and race. Blau and her co-authors study such questions as integrity, tracking, social responsibility, and going to college, using databases from the National Center for Education Statistics, In the chapter on Locating Difference, for example, Blau notes that the processes of late modernity advantaged whites in the United States because the New Economy magnified racial differences in incomes and wealth. These magnified differences combined with spatial isolation and contributed to white inclinations to construct race in terms of moral categories (p. 72). In her examination of the moral values of Black and White teens Blau upends some of these stereotypes about character and responsibility by demonstrating that black seniors gave greater importance to social goals than did white seniors in the NCES surveys. In 1992, for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 2, 2005, p. 265-267
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11378, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 4:11:05 AM

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  • Kitty Epstein

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    KITTY KELLY EPSTEIN, Ph.D. works with graduate students and teachers on research and action to create humane, exciting, anti-racist and egalitarian schools. Her recent work includes "Miracle School: Child of the Civil Rights Movement" (Phi Delta Kappan, June 2004) and "Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory, and the Oakland Public Schools" presented at the 2004 American Educational Research Association. She is currently active in attempts to remove barriers for Black, Latino, Asian and Native American college graduates attempting to enter the field of teaching.
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