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Racial Disparity and Public Policy: Education

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Despite the best intentions : how racial inequality thrives in good schools

On the surface, Riverview High School looks like the post-racial ideal. Serving an enviably affluent, diverse, and liberal district, the school is well-funded, its teachers are well-trained, and many of its students are high-achieving. Yet Riverview has not escaped the same unrelenting question that plagues schools throughout America: why is it that even when all of the circumstances seem right, black and Latina/o students continue to lag behind their peers?

Engaging the "race question" : accountability and equity in U.S. higher education

This book is for anyone who is troubled by the substantial disparities in college participation, persistence, and completion among racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Synthesizing equity standards based on three theories of justice--justice as fairness, justice as care, and justice as transformation--the authors provide strategies for enacting equity in practice on college campuses.

Cracks in the schoolyard : confronting Latino educational inequality

In Cracks in the Schoolyard, Conchas challenges deficit models of schooling and turns school failure on its head. Going beyond presenting critical case studies of social inequality and education, this book features achievement cases that depict Latinos as active actors--not hopeless victims--in the quest for social and economic mobility. 

Confronting racism in higher education : problems and possibilities for fighting ignorance, bigotry and isolation

Racism and ignorance churn on college campuses as surely as they do in society at large. Over the past fifteen years there have been many discussions regarding racism and higher education. Some of these focus on formal policies and dynamics such as Affirmative Action or The Dream Act, while many more discussions are happening in classrooms, dorm rooms and in campus communities. Of course, corollary to these conversations, some of which are generative and some of which are degenerative, is a deafening silence around how individuals and institutions can actually understand, engage and change issues related to racism in higher education. This lack of dialogue and action speaks volumes about individuals and organizations, and suggests a complicit acceptance, tolerance or even support for institutional and individual racism. 

The wrong kind of different : challenging the meaning of diversity in American classrooms

Explores how teachers perceive students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and the unintended consequences of a kind of 'colorblind multiculturalism.' She unearths a hierarchy of acceptance and legitimacy that excludes most poor Black students and favors certain immigrant minorities. In addition, Randolph discovers how some teachers distinguish their support for certain forms of student diversity from curriculum diversity, such as accommodating bilingual education- Publishers Description.

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