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Quality Education as a Constitutional Right

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Quality Education as a Constitutional Right by Theresa Perry, Robert P. Moses, Ernesto Cortes, Jr., Lisa Delpit and Joan T. Wynne
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Jun 29, 2010 | ISBN 9780807032824

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Quality Education is much more than an anthology—it is a practical and theoretical foundation for a vital national conversation about what we want for our country and our youth, and how we can get it.”—Harvard Educational Review

Quality Education as a Constitutional Right offers a provocative look at the continued disconnect between the rhetoric of reform and the facts of the real world…we hear the heartfelt voices of reformers and advocates as well as of young people in underserved communities…The lessons are fresh and compelling and the examples inspired.”—New England Journal of Higher Education

“Educators and school administrators will appreciate the perspectives and passionate rhetoric evident throughout this collection.”—Library Journal

“This is a wonderful, energizing tour of the landscape of the struggle for what is truly the new civil rights issue of our times: access to a high-quality public education. To change the nation’s direction will require, as this book argues, a coalition of organizers, young people, legal and educational scholars, teachers, and ordinary citizens. No other democracy in the world allows the inequities that our society allows, inequities that disproportionately affect African Americans, Latinos, and the poor. This is a blueprint, from some of our most visionary leaders in education, for a national movement to create a revolution in the way we think about schools and a map for a new American future. A crucial book.”—Linda Darling-Hammond, professor of education, Stanford University, author of The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future

“Moses takes us on a journey that kept me asking the question, When…If not now?…It is a must read for anyone who teaches in urban and under resourced schools as well as for anyone committed to the centuries old battle for justice.  I highly recommend it.”—Boston Union Teacher

Table Of Contents

The Historical and Contemporary Foundations for Robert Moses’s Call to Make Quality Education a Constitutionally Guaranteed Right
Theresa Perry

“The Holy Cause of Education”: Lessons from the History of a Freedom-Loving People
Linda Mizell

Part I Organizing: The Youth Shall Lead the Way

1. Miss Baker’s Grandchildren: An Interview with the Baltimore Algebra Project
Charles M. Payne

Part II Can the Constitution Guarantee Quality Education?

2. Reading, Writing, and Rights: Ruminations on Getting the Law in Line with Educational
Justice Imani Perry

3. Schools That Shock the Conscience: What Williams v. California Reveals about the Struggle for an Education on Equal Terms Fifty Years after Brown
Jeannie Oakes

4. Constitutional Property v. Constitutional People
Robert P. Moses

5. Quality Education as a Civil Right: Reflections
Ernesto Cortés Jr.

Part III Pursuing Excellence in a Context of Inequities

6. Stepping Stories: Creating an African American Community of Readers
Kimberly N. Parker

7. Is This School?
Alicia Carroll

8. Stories of Collaboration and Research within an Algebra Project Context: Offering Quality Education to Students Pushed to the Bottom of Academic Achievement
Joan T. Wynne and Janice Giles

9. Culturally Responsive Pedagogies: Lessons from Teachers
Lisa Delpit


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