No Citizen Left Behind

No Citizen Left Behind

by Meira Levinson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674065786

ISBN-13: 9780674065789

Pub. Date: 04/23/2012

Publisher: Harvard

While teaching at an all-Black middle school in Atlanta, Meira Levinson realized that students’ individual self-improvement would not necessarily enable them to overcome their profound marginalization within American society. This is because of a civic empowerment gap that is as shameful and antidemocratic as the academic achievement gap targeted by No Child

Overview

While teaching at an all-Black middle school in Atlanta, Meira Levinson realized that students’ individual self-improvement would not necessarily enable them to overcome their profound marginalization within American society. This is because of a civic empowerment gap that is as shameful and antidemocratic as the academic achievement gap targeted by No Child Left Behind. No Citizen Left Behind argues that students must be taught how to upend and reshape power relationships directly, through political and civic action. Drawing on political theory, empirical research, and her own on-the-ground experience, Levinson shows how de facto segregated urban schools can and must be at the center of this struggle.

Recovering the civic purposes of public schools will take more than tweaking the curriculum. Levinson calls on schools to remake civic education. Schools should teach collective action, openly discuss the racialized dimensions of citizenship, and provoke students by engaging their passions against contemporary injustices. Students must also have frequent opportunities to take civic and political action, including within the school itself. To build a truly egalitarian society, we must reject myths of civic sameness and empower all young people to raise their diverse voices. Levinson’s account challenges not just educators but all who care about justice, diversity, or democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674065789
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/23/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Kurt Cobain versus Master P 1

1 The Civic Empowerment Gap 23

2 "At School I Talk Straight": Race Talk and Civic Empowerment 60

3 "You Have the Right to Struggle": Constructing Historical Counternarrative 99

4 Rethinking Heroes and Role Models 138

5 How to Soar in a World You've Never Seen: Making Citizenship Visible in Schools 167

6 The Case for Action Civics 210

7 Democracy, Accountability, and Education 250

Epilogue: Standing Up, Talking Back 289

Notes 299

References 327

Acknowledgments 371

Index 377

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