Publication Date: April 24, 2006
Series: John Dewey Lecture Series
In cities across the nation, low-income African American and Latino parents hope that their children’s education will bring a better life. But their schools, typically, are overcrowded, ill equipped, and shamefully under-staffed. Unless things change dramatically, more than half the students will never graduate and many will face a life of poverty-wage work. Learning Power documents a radical approach to school reform that includes:
Here are the best arguments against those who want to give up on public schools in America. Read Learning Power for clear examples of how ordinary people can influence schooling through their organizing and social critique.
Jeannie Oakes is Presidential Professor in Educational Equity and Director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA). John Rogers is the Associate Director of IDEA and the founding editor of Teaching to Change LA, an online journal. Martin Lipton is Communications Analyst at IDEA and a former public high school teacher.
"Policymakers, school administrators, and educators continue to over-rely upon technical solutions to improve students' academic performance. This provocative and propitious book not only emphasizes that public schools will not improve without broad public participation and increased personal responsibility, but illustrates numerous examples of empowering disenfranchised constituencies."
—Wendy D. Puriefoy, President, Public Education Network