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Race and Education, 1954-2007

reviewed by ZoŽ Burkholder - May 22, 2009

coverTitle: Race and Education, 1954-2007
Author(s): Raymond Wolters
Publisher: University of Missouri Press, Columbia
ISBN: 0826218288, Pages: 336, Year: 2009
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Advertised by the University of Missouri Press as “a bold challenge to political correctness in education” and “a wake-up call to citizens concerned about the future of America’s schools,” Race and Education promises to challenge the “academic orthodoxy” that racial integration in American public schools is necessary to achieve educational equality for all students.  Emphasizing his scholarly neutrality, Wolters outlines what he sees as the complete failure of racial integration in American schools since Brown v. Board of Education. Not only has racial integration failed to improve the academic achievement of African American students, but according to Wolters, attempts at “compulsory inclusion” through programs such as “forced bussing” have had a detrimental effect not only on white academic achievement, but moreover on the quality of public education in terms of student discipline, attitudes towards education, interracial relations, and classroom behavior.   In the preface Wolters insists that it would be impossible... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 22, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15635, Date Accessed: 1/25/2021 3:04:52 PM

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  • ZoŽ Burkholder
    Harvard University
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    ZOE BURKHOLDER is a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University and will be an assistant professor of educational foundations at Montclair State University beginning in the fall of 2009. She earned her Ph.D in the History of Education from New York University and her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her recent dissertation won the Claude A. Eggertsen Dissertation Prize from the History of Education Society and the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Her forthcoming book, Reconstructing Race: A History of Race, Reform, and Civil Rights in American Schools, 1900-1954, is an examination of the social construction of race in American schools.
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