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: 9/19/2019 9:06:00 AM

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