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Forced to Fail: The Paradox of School Desegregation [Hardcover]

Stephen J. Caldas , Carl L., III Bankston

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Aug. 30 2005 0275986934 978-0275986933 annotated edition
The book traces the long legal history of first racial segregation, and then racial desegregation in America. The authors explain how rapidly changing demographics and family structure in the United States have greatly complicated the project of top-down government efforts to achieve an "ideal" racial balance in schools. It describes how social capital - a positive outcome of social interaction between and among parents, children, and teachers - creates strong bonds that lead to high academic achievement. The authors show how coercive desegregation weakens bonds and hurts not only students and schools, but also entire communities. Examples from all parts of the United States show how parents undermined desegregation plans by seeking better educational alternatives for their children rather than supporting the public schools to which their children were assigned. Most important, this book offers an alternative, more realistic viewpoint on class, race, and education in America.

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"Endorsement From Min Zhou, Professor and Inaugural Chair, Department of Asian American Studies University of California, Los Angeles: This timely book offers a critical look at school desegregation, guiding readers toward a better understanding of how race, class, and social networks influence educational outcomes. Caldas and Bankston envision an alternative, more realistic, approach to providing equal access to educational opportunities. Endorsement From Christine H. Rossell, Professor, Political Science Department Boston University: The wealth of data on achievement differences between race and ethnic groups and school desegregation over the past century and around the country make this a must read for anyone interested in the problems and needs of African American students. The recommendations of Caldas and Bankston will provoke controversy because they are honest and realistic."

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Stephen J. Caldas is professor of educational foundations and leadership at Hofstra University (NY). He has authored or co-authored more than 45 publications, including (with Carl Bankston) A Troubled Dream: The Promise and Failure of School Desegregation in Louisiana, which was awarded the Louisiana Library Association Literary Award for 2002. Carl L. Bankston is professor of sociology at Tulane University, New Orleans. He has been author or coauthor of several previous books, including Growing Up American: How Vietnamese Children Adapt to Life in the United States (winner of the 1999 Thomas and Znaniecki Award and the Mid-South Sociological Association's 2000 Distinguished Book Award). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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