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Schools Betrayed: Roots of Failure in Inner-City Education


reviewed by Annis N. Brown November 08, 2007

coverTitle: Schools Betrayed: Roots of Failure in Inner-City Education
Author(s): Kathryn M. Neckerman
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Chicago
ISBN: 0226569608, Pages: 250, Year: 2007
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Have we betrayed inner-city schools?  Kathryn Neckerman seems to think so.  In Schools Betrayed, she embarks on an expedition through the history of Chicago’s public schools (CPS), and provides insight into the failures of schooling in the city.  During this excavation, Neckerman traces school policy in Chicago from the Common School Movement to the Post WWII era and asserts that the current failure of urban education was not serendipitously manifested – but haphazardly constructed.  In this mixed method study, Neckerman borrows from the fields of history, economics, and public policy to present a holistic treasure of findings.  However, Neckerman leans heavily on her home field of sociology as she embarks on a groundbreaking comparison of the specific educational histories of non-Jewish immigrants and African Americans in Chicago throughout the text.   Neckerman begins by delving into the link between schooling and the economy in Chicago at the beginning of the twentieth... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 08, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14743, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 8:04:42 AM

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  • Annis Brown
    Michigan State University
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    ANNIS N. BROWN is a doctoral student in the Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy program at Michigan State University. Her research interests lie in the historical and contemporary implementation of urban educational policy and critical pedagogy. She serves as the graduate student representative for Division L of the American Educational Research Association. She was also the Training and Support Coordinator for The New York City Teaching Fellows and previously taught middle school in the South Bronx.
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