Altered Destinies: Making Life Better for Schoolchildren in Need / Edition 1

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Overview

In Altered Destinies, Gene Maeroff poses important questions about what is needed to equalize the tremendous imbalance between the education received by middle to upper class children and the education received by lower class children. He argues that, in addition to greater financial investment in their schools, lower class children must possess a strong support system—what he refers to as "social capital"—which emphasizes four areas: a sense of connectedness, a sense of well-being, a sense of academic initiative, and a sense of knowing. Maeroff builds a compelling case for how and why the concept of social capital will make a difference in the effort to improve opportunities for disadvantaged schoolchildren.

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Editorial Reviews

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"With an astute analysis of what is missing in so many children’s lives, and examples of programs, schools, and communities that have found ways to meet the basic needs he outlines, Gene Maeroff clearly shows how we can ensure no child is left behind." Marion Wright Edelman, President, The Children’s Defense Fund
Booknews
Maeroff, Director of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia U., argues that, in addition to greater financial investment in their schools, disadvantaged children need a support system that emphasizes four qualities: a sense of connectedness, a sense of well-being, a sense of academic initiative, and a sense of knowing. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Booknews
Paperbound edition of a work in which the author argues that in addition to the need for greater financial investment in their schools, disadvantaged children need strengthened "social capital," which he outlines in depth with research, analysis, and illustrative examples from the classroom. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312220808
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene I. Maeroff is Director of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also the author of The School Smart Parent. He lives in Princeton, NJ.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Social Capital for the Needy

• A Sense of Connectedness

• Linking Students to Schools

• Linking Communities to Schools

• Linking Activism to Schools

• Linking the Home to the School

• A Sense of Well-Being

• The School as Community Center

• An Array of Health Services

• The Emotional and Psychological Climate

• Developing Human Potential

• A Sense of Academic Initiative

• A Foundation for Achievement

• The Promise of a Better Future

• Great Expectations

• Engaging Students

• A Sense of Knowing

• Providing a Knowledge Base

• Enriching the Schoolday

• Attaining Social Competence

• Enlisting the Home

• Conclusion: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

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