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Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools

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In this book, co-editors Pedro Noguera and Jean Yonemura Wing and their collaborators investigated the dynamics of race and achievement at Berkeley High School - a large public high school that the New York Times called "the most integrated high school in America." Berkeley's diverse student population clearly illustrates the "achievement gap" phenomenon in our schools. Unfinished Business brings to light the hidden inequities of schools - where cultural attitudes, academic tracking, curricular access, and ...
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Overview

In this book, co-editors Pedro Noguera and Jean Yonemura Wing and their collaborators investigated the dynamics of race and achievement at Berkeley High School - a large public high school that the New York Times called "the most integrated high school in America." Berkeley's diverse student population clearly illustrates the "achievement gap" phenomenon in our schools. Unfinished Business brings to light the hidden inequities of schools - where cultural attitudes, academic tracking, curricular access, and after-school activities serve as sorting mechanisms that set students on paths of success or failure.
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"Pedro A. Noguera and Jean Yonemura Wing (2006) in their edited volume, Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools, address this ongoing problem of what it will take to fulfill the promise of education reform and educate all students to high levels — using the Berkeley High School Diversity Project as a case study.... The editors focus on the possibilities for achieving these lofty goals through public education, arguably our nation's most equitable and democratic institution." (Teachers College Record, October 2006)

"Unfinished Business was written because of the belief that public education is vital for a healthy democracy and that schools can play a decisive role in making our nation less divided and fractured on the basis of race, class, culture, gender, and language." (Teachers College Record, October 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470384442
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/18/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 632,477
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Pedro A. Noguera is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University and the co-director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings.

Jean Yonemura Wing is Manager of Research and Best Practices for the New School Development Group of the Oakland Unified School District.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : unfinished business : closing the achievement gap at Berkeley High School 3
1 Structuring inequality at Berkeley High 29
2 Integration across campus, segregation across classrooms : a close-up look at privilege 87
3 The discipline gap and the normalization of failure 121
4 Changing teacher practice and student outcomes 153
5 Creating demand for equity : transforming the role of parents in schools 201
6 Songs of experience : student reflections on four years at Berkeley High 247
Conclusion : lessons learned : the limits and possibilities of using research to counter racial inequality 281
Epilogue : finishing school 297
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