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Radical Possibilities: Public Policy, Urban Education, and a New Social Movement


reviewed by Gloria Ladson-Billings 2006

coverTitle: Radical Possibilities: Public Policy, Urban Education, and a New Social Movement
Author(s): Jean Anyon
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415950996, Pages: 240, Year: 2005
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No one wants to hear that they are working in vain. Truly no American wants to hear that they are working in vain since one of the salient qualities of American culture is getting things done. Americans pride themselves on their efficiency and “can do” spirit. Thus, Jean Anyon’s Radical Possibilities is unsettling in its claim that urban education reform is doomed to failure. This does not sit well with teachers, administrators, parents, community members, education researchers, or the general public. After all, the public has invested billions of dollars in education, and it is not unreasonable to expect something for that investment. Unlike conservative arguments about the folly of education spending, Anyon places the foci of educational problems where they rightly belong—the macroeconomic and sociopolitical contexts that create policies that make it virtually impossible to improve schools in poor and low-income communities. Anyon argues that two major forces—federal policies and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1620-1623
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12188, Date Accessed: 8/16/2017 11:18:54 AM

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  • Gloria Ladson-Billings
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
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    GLORIA LADSON-BILLINGS is the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her most recent publication is Beyond the big house: African American educators talk about teacher education (2005) published byTeachers College Press.
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