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Race, Schools, and Hope: African Americans and School Choice After Brown


reviewed by Jonathan Lightfoot — June 30, 2008

coverTitle: Race, Schools, and Hope: African Americans and School Choice After Brown
Author(s): Lisa M. Stulberg
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807748528, Pages: 213, Year: 2008
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Lisa Stulberg attempts “to broaden our current understanding of school choice politics by focusing on the complex participation of African Americans in choice reforms” (p. 7). As an assistant professor who teaches courses in foundations in education, leadership and policy studies to pre- and post service teachers and school leaders, I find our study of school politics to be one of the more interesting units. Students get a chance to role play conservative, liberal and radical perspectives on current educational issues. My hope is that they emerge less naïve about how the intersecting elements of race, power, and money factor into the political landscape upon which our schools operate. The ability to make critical connections between fundamental philosophical beliefs about the role of economics and government in democratic society should improve our understanding of the complexities of school choice politics. Stulberg challenges readers not to settle for simplistic answers to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 30, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15292, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 6:54:10 AM

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  • Jonathan Lightfoot
    Hofstra University
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    JONATHAN LIGHTFOOT is an Assistant Professor in the Foundations, Leadership and Policy Studies Department at Hofstra University, Long Island, New York. He received his Ph.D. in Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Masters and Bachelor degrees from Harvard and Cornell Universities respectively. His research agenda focuses on anti-racist/ anti-oppression school leadership preparation, education for social justice, school desegregation and critical review of legal and public policy. He is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Foundations in Education and International Journal of Education Administration. Work outside of the academy include conducting workshops for K-12 teachers, staff and students on identity construction, cross cultural communication and reducing prejudice and hate crimes.
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