Race, Social Class, and Educational Reform in an Inner-City School
by Jean Anyon - 1995
Drawing on an assessment of reform efforts in one school in an urban ghetto in a large district in the Northeast, this article describes processes and events that illustrate how social manifestations of racial and social class status can combine to vitiate efforts at school reform. I argue that three factors--sociocultural differences among participants in reform, an abusive school environment, and educator expectations of failed reform--occurring in a minority ghetto where the school population is racially and economically isolated constitute some of the powerful and devastating ways that concomitants of race and social class can intervene to determine what happens in inner-city schools, and in attempts to improve them.
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