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What is the legacy of Brown vs. Board of Education? While it is well known for establishing racial equality as a central commitment of American schools, the case also inspired social movements for equality in education across all lines of difference, including language, gender, disability, immigration status, socio-economic status, religion, and sexual orientation. Yet more than a half century after Brown, American schools are more racially separated than before, and educators, parents and policy makers still debate whether the ruling requires all-inclusive classrooms in terms of race, gender, disability, and other differences.

In Brown's Wake examines the reverberations of Brown in American schools, including efforts to promote equal opportunities for all kinds of students. School choice, once a strategy for avoiding Brown, has emerged as a tool to promote integration and opportunities, even as charter schools and private school voucher programs enable new forms of self-separation by language, gender, disability, and ethnicity.

Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School, argues that the criteria placed on such initiatives carry serious consequences for both the character of American education and civil society itself. Although the original promise of Brown remains more symbolic than effective, Minow demonstrates the power of its vision in the struggles for equal education regardless of students' social identity, not only in the United States but also in many countries around the world. Further, she urges renewed commitment to the project of social integration even while acknowledging the complex obstacles that must be overcome. An elegant and concise overview of Brown and its aftermath, In Brown's Wake explores the broad-ranging and often surprising impact of one of the century's most important Supreme Court decisions.

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What is the legacy of Brown vs. Board of Education? Over fifty years after this landmark decision, the idea that law could be a vital tool in pursuing social justice--and in opening up schools as the vehicle for racial equality--appears to have been superseded by the coda, but today American schools are more racially segregated than they were at the time of Brown. In In Brown's Wake, Martha Minow argues that Brown was more influential and more effective in American law and society outside than inside the schools. Moreover, its influence on the international human rights movement was just as significant as its impact within the United States. Minow explains that though the promise of Brown remains more symbolic than effective, critical elements of the decision offer benchmarks of genuine significance in the struggles for justice in this new century. The recent decision by the Roberts' Court in Parents Involved - in which Justice Roberts famously said the only way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to discriminating on the basis of race - suggests that we are moving into a post-Brown era, and this is the perfect occasion to take stock. A concise introduction to Brown and its aftermath, In Brown's Wake explores the lasting effects of one of the most important Supreme Court decisions of the century with elegance and economy.

About the Author

Martha Minow received her A.B. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Yale Law School. She serves as Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where she was recently named Dean of the Faculty of Law.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. What Brown Awakened

2. Expanding Promise, Debated Means: Separate and Integrated Schooling for Immigrants, English-language Learners, Girls, and Boys

3. Making Waves: Schooling and Disability, Sexual Orientation, Religion, and Economic Class

4. Reverberations for American Indians, Native Hawai'ians, and Group Rights

5. School Choice and Choice Schools: Resisting, Realizing, or Replacing Brown?

6. In Brown's Path: Social Contact and Integration Revisited

7. On Other Shores: When is "Separate Inherently Unequal"?

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195171525
Author:
Minow, Martha
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Minow, Martha
Author:
null, Martha
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Segregation in education
Subject:
Discrimination in education
Subject:
Educational
Subject:
Discrimination
Subject:
Law-Legal History
Subject:
Law : General
Series:
Law and Current Events Masters
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.5 x 9.5 x 1 in 1.306 lb

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"Synopsis" by , What is the legacy of Brown vs. Board of Education? Over fifty years after this landmark decision, the idea that law could be a vital tool in pursuing social justice--and in opening up schools as the vehicle for racial equality--appears to have been superseded by the coda, but today American schools are more racially segregated than they were at the time of Brown. In In Brown's Wake, Martha Minow argues that Brown was more influential and more effective in American law and society outside than inside the schools. Moreover, its influence on the international human rights movement was just as significant as its impact within the United States. Minow explains that though the promise of Brown remains more symbolic than effective, critical elements of the decision offer benchmarks of genuine significance in the struggles for justice in this new century. The recent decision by the Roberts' Court in Parents Involved - in which Justice Roberts famously said the only way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to discriminating on the basis of race - suggests that we are moving into a post-Brown era, and this is the perfect occasion to take stock. A concise introduction to Brown and its aftermath, In Brown's Wake explores the lasting effects of one of the most important Supreme Court decisions of the century with elegance and economy.
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