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Forced to Fail: The Paradox of School Desegregation

reviewed by Eva Foldes Travers - 2006

coverTitle: Forced to Fail: The Paradox of School Desegregation
Author(s): Stephen Caldas and Carl Bankston
Publisher: Praeger Publications, Westport
ISBN: 0275986934, Pages: 255, Year: 2005
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The central argument of this book is that school desegregation has failed—not because of flawed implementation, but because court-ordered school desegregation inherently violates American values of individual choice and local control. The authors describe the federal government’s attempts to redistribute students on the basis of race, through legislative and especially court decisions, as a misguided attempt to use schools to redesign American society.  This attempt has been undermined by middle-class, mostly white families, who moved out of districts facing court-ordered desegregation, fearing its effects on their children’s education. The authors claim that historical changes in the definition of civil rights—from government protection of individual rights to protection of group rights—have led to heavy-handed, counterproductive government interference in public education. They propose that applying market principles and allowing families to choose schools will better serve students and communities and improve educational outcomes. Caldas and Bankston agree that Brown was a moral... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1564-1568
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12264, Date Accessed: 11/30/2020 12:01:28 PM

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  • Eva Travers
    Swarthmore College
    EVA FOLDES TRAVERS is a Professor in the Educational Studies Department at Swarthmore College where she teaches courses in urban education and education policy. In 1974, during the first year of court-ordered desegregation in Boston, she conducted workshops and worked on curriculum development at Roxbury High School, the formerly all black high school, as part of a team from the Institute for Learning and Teaching, University of Massachusetts, Boston, that was assisting with desegregation implementation. Currently she is working with a team from Research for Action, a nonprofit educational research organization in Philadelphia, that is examining the effects of the state takeover of the school district and the largest experiment in privatization in an urban district in the United States.
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