Unequal Fortunes:Snapshots from the Bronx

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"Levine and Scheiber tell two tales about poor kids growing up in the Bronxûone inspires, the other rips your heart out. 'I hey also compel us to recognize that educational failure has both individual and societal costs that can be fatal. We can and must do better."ûJoel Klein, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education" "With all the emotive range of a literary novel, Arthur Levine and Laura Scheiber have written a persuasive call to action for all educators. We must be mentors and provide all students the chance to explore all the world has to offer, as best we can:'ûJames P. Comer, M.D., Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center, Associate Dean, Yale School of Medicine" "We need more leaders like Arthur Levine who are willing to reach across community divides to build authentic relationships with the next generation, of Americans. In Unequal Fortunes, Levine and Scheiber show what it means to learn and care about the lives of young Latinos and the payoffs for our children, their communities, and this country."ûSarita E. Brown, President, Excelencia in Education" "Compelling, incisive, and poignant. This is an intimate reflection of life's changing realitiesûfor individuals, neighborhoods, communities, and education. In this narrative manifesto for action, Levine and Scheiber inspire us upward to a dream for all!"ûSharon Lynn Kagan, Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807750759
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 715,167
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents



Prologue 1

Part I: Arthur's Story

Arthur's Family 9

Arthur's Neighborhood 23

Arthur's Education 29

Leaving the Bronx 33

A Homecoming 39

Part II: Leo's Story

Leo's Parents 47

Leo's Neighborhood and His Education 55

Leo's Girlfriend, Ana 67

Leo's Sister, Maholi 81

Leo's Brother, Lisandro 86

Leo's Friend, Aneudys 93

No Way Out 97

Part III: What Changed?

The Old Neighborhood Meets the New 109

Part IV: Reviving The American Dream

The Anomalies 123

Extending the American Dream 148

Epilogue: Where Are They Now? 161

Notes 163

Bibliography 167

About the Authors 171

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