Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education / Edition 1

Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education / Edition 1

by Peter Sacks
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520261690

ISBN-13: 9780520261693

Pub. Date: 09/22/2009

Publisher: University of California Press


We often hear about the growing divide between rich and poor in America. This compelling exposé, backed by up-to-date research, locates the source of this trend where we might least expect to find it—in our schools. Written for a wide audience, Tearing Down the Gates is a powerful indictment of American education that shows how schools, colleges,

Overview


We often hear about the growing divide between rich and poor in America. This compelling exposé, backed by up-to-date research, locates the source of this trend where we might least expect to find it—in our schools. Written for a wide audience, Tearing Down the Gates is a powerful indictment of American education that shows how schools, colleges, and universities exacerbate inequality by providing ample opportunities for advantaged students while shutting the gates on the poor—and even the middle class. Peter Sacks tells the stories of young people and families as they struggle to negotiate the educational system. He introduces students like Ashlea, who grew up in a trailer park and who would like to attend college, though she faces constant obstacles that many of her more privileged classmates can't imagine. Woven throughout with voices of Americans both rich and poor, Tearing Down the Gates describes a disturbing situation that has the potential to undermine the American dream, not just for some, but for all of us. At the heart of this book is a question of justice, and Sacks demands that we take a hard look at what equal opportunity really means in the United States today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520261693
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/22/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
381
Sales rank:
1,075,489
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction: False Illusions

PART 1. RICH FAMILIES, POOR FAMILIES
1. Ashlea and Gillian
2. “Do We Look Intimidating?”

PART 2. STRUGGLE FOR THE SOUL OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS
3. Berkeley High and the Politics of Exclusion
4. “Do I Make the Kids Smart or Get Them into College?”
5. Public Schools, Private Privilege

PART 3. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR THE RICH
6. Class Matters
7. Part Church, Part Car Dealer
8. A Social Compact Broken
9. Government Gifts for Rich

PART 4. EXPERIMENTS IN GATECRASHING AND BACKLASH OF THE ELITES
10. A Dangerous Man
11. The Gatecrashers
12. “I Always Imagined Myself as a Rock”

PART 5. AMERICAN DREAMS
13. How We Got Here
14. Class Confusions
15. Where Are We Going?

Appendix
Notes
Index

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