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The Politics of Reading: Power, Opportunity, and Prospects for Change in America's Public School


reviewed by Joel Taxel 1988

coverTitle: The Politics of Reading: Power, Opportunity, and Prospects for Change in America's Public School
Author(s): Jo Michelle Beld Fraatz
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Political scientist Jo Michelle Beld Fraatz’s study of the relation between the policy and politics of practices designed to promote equality of educational opportunity rests on the argument that a “close look at the ways in which people in schools negotiate the tasks of providing opportunities for learning can go a long way toward explaining the persistently lower educational outcomes of poor and minority children” (p. 2). Taking an “ecological perspective,” Fraatz scrutinizes the “operation of public schools as whole systems,” rather than “isolated programs, techniques, teachers, or schools” (pp. 2-3, 5). Fraatz’s central finding is that the “most important obstacle to equality of opportunity” is not “the prejudice or hard-heartedness of educators” (p. 12) but rather the school’s “mobilization of bias” with respect to equal opportunity. This intriguing phrase refers to “the way in which organizational structures and processes condition the ways people interpret their goals, alternatives, resources, and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 89 Number 4, 1988, p. 595-599
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 558, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 11:41:21 PM

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