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Why We All Need Integrated Schools: A Critique of “Successful” Urban Charter Schools


by Zoë Burkholder — September 22, 2011

After visiting a "successful" charter school in Washington DC, I question why policy makers are so pleased with schools for minority children that focus exclusively on test-prep and strict discipline, comparing this to the rich educational offerings in suburban public schools. I argue that creating racially and socio-economically integrated schools, for all of its challenges and shortcomings, at least has the advantage of equalizing opportunity and derailing efforts to create an educational system that has one objective and one set of rules for poor minority kids, and a vast wealth of options and opportunities for everyone else.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 22, 2011
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16546, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 9:40:09 AM

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  • Zoë Burkholder
    Montclair State University
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    ZOË BURKHOLDER is a historian of education and an assistant professor of Educational Foundations in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University. She is the author of Color in the Classroom: How American Schools Taught Race, 1900-1954 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).
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