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The Bus Kids: Children's Experiences with Voluntary Desegregation

reviewed by Robin L. Leavitt - June 12, 2009

coverTitle: The Bus Kids: Children's Experiences with Voluntary Desegregation
Author(s): Ira W. Lit
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
ISBN: 0300105797, Pages: 224, Year: 2009
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When I was young, I walked to school, sometimes accompanied by my older sister or brother. It was almost a straight line from my home to the school, and the only reason the journey may have taken longer that 20 minutes was because I would day dream and meander along the way. The walk was how I transitioned to and from school each day. That taken-for-granted daily journey seems a suburban idyll of long ago, but not lost completely to all of today’s children and families. My current home in a midsize midwest community is adjacent to a local elementary school and everyday I see middle and working class parents and their children walk together to and from their neighborhood school. Such journeys are not the experience of “the bus kids” – those children whose stories Ira Lit tells in his text. In a clear ethnographic voice, Lit describes the experiences... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 12, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15655, Date Accessed: 3/4/2021 5:12:48 AM

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  • Robin Leavitt
    Illinois Wesleyan University
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    ROBIN LEAVITT is a professor of Educational Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University, where she teaches courses in school desegregation, social justice education, child study, and teacher research. Her publications include qualitative studies of children’s lived emotional experience in early childhood programs. She is co-coordinator of the Promise and Potential partnership which matches tutor-mentors with struggling middle school students.
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