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City Kids, City Schools: More Reports from the Front Rowby William Ayers
Synopses & Reviews
Of the approximately 50 million public school students in the United States, more than half are in urban schools. A contemporary companion to City Kids, City Teachers: Reports from the Front Row, this new and timely collection has been compiled by four of the country’s most prominent urban educators. Contributors including Sandra Cisneros, Jonathan Kozol, Sapphire, and Patricia J. Williams provide some of the best writing on life in city schools and neighborhoods. Young people and practicing teachers, poets and scholars, social critics and journalists offer unique takes on topics ranging from culturally relevant teaching and scripted curricula to the criminalization of youth, gentrification, and the inequities of school funding.
In the words of Sonia Nieto, City Kids, City Schools “challenge[s] the conventional wisdom of what it means to teach in urban schools.”
Book News Annotation:
The disparity between the schools of the inner cities and the schools in suburbs is well documented. In this companion to City Kids, City Teachers: Reports from the Front Row editors Ayers (education, University of Illinois, Chicago) Ladson-Billings (urban education, University of Wisconsin-Madison) and others, combine both new and previously published essays, speeches and poetry to state the nature of the problem and provide possible solutions. The overall theme is that the No Child Left Behind act is a dismal failure, under funded and badly planned. The authors also stress that without addressing the entire social situation of poverty along with racial and cultural prejudice, schools are unlikely to improve. This is a book for general readership which both teachers and lawmakers will find informative. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
William Ayers is Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (retired). He co-edited City Kids, City Teachers; Teaching for Social Justice; Zero Tolerance; and City Kids, City Schools (all available from The New Press).
Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Gregory Michie teaches in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University in Chicago.
Pedro Noguera is Professor of Teaching and Learning at New York University.
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