"The premise of this book is highly provocative: all children in America should attend a middle-class public school.... [The author] carefully argues that neither racial integration nor compensatory educational spending has achieved equal opportunity, for our schools remain segregated by economic status. Kahlenberg offers much to digest." Library Journal, 12/5/2000
"The book is certain to provoke a new debate in academic and policy circles; perhaps more important, it will inform the judgements and affections of all thinking Americans who read it." William C. Louthan, Ohio Wesleyan University, Perspectives on Political Science, 7/1/2001
"Richard Kahlenberg has written a well-researched policy book on improving America's public schools.... Kahlenberg's ideas and proposals are compelling and he makes a very convincing case for his key policy goal to break up the harmful concentrations of poverty in U.S. schools." NASSP Bulletin, 5/1/2001
"Kahlenberg offers a forward-thinking plan for fixing America's many broken-down schools." Siobhan Gorman, National Journal, 3/9/2002
"ALL TOGETHER NOW is a clarion call for the socioeconomic desegregation of U.S. public schools. Simultaneously principled and pragmatic, Kahlenberg marshals a great deal of evidence to support his argument that integrating U.S. schools along socioeconomic lines is a necessary precondition for successful educational reform.... At a time when racial desegregation efforts have run afoul of federal court rulings and declining public support, and when voucher proposals challenge some of the core ideals of the common school, Kahlenberg's important book proposes an integration strategy that has a chance of garnering broad support and raising overall educational performance. It deserves to find a broad audience." Harvard Educational Review, 12/1/2001
"Of all those who have been involved in the intense continuing debate on affirmative action, Richard Kahlenberg is the most knowledgeable and clearest advocate of the way to include everyone in need of opportunity. ALL TOGETHER NOW is an essential contribution to moving this debate in the K12 area to a just conclusion." Nat Hentoff, syndicated columnist
"Kahlenberg makes a substantial contribution to a national conversation that could be described as 'Whither Education?'" The Washington Post
The premise of this book is highly provocative: all children in America should attend a middle-class public school. Middle class is defined as not being eligible for subsidized school lunches, which are granted to families of four making no more than $32,000. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, notes that low-income schools, which make up 25 percent of American public schools, overwhelmingly fail to educate children at high levels of achievement. He carefully argues that neither racial integration nor compensatory educational spending has achieved equal opportunity, for our schools remain segregated by economic status. Kahlenberg offers much to digest and supports his serious argument with 2500 footnotes. This study complements Kahlenberg's The Remedy (LJ 6/15/96), which argued that affirmative action should be based on economic need rather than race. For all libraries.--Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach P.L. Dist., FL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
In All Together Now: Creating Middle-Class Schools Through Public School Choice, Richard Kahlenberg (senior fellow at The Century Foundation), advocates giving every child in American the opportunity to attend a public school in which the majority of students come from middle class households. He persuasively argues that the only way to make good on the American assumption that public schools will provide equal educational opportunity is by teaching disadvantaged and advantaged children together within the same facilities, with the same faculties, the same curriculums, and the same educational resources. The only way to achieve this socioeconomic integration is to establish a critical mass of middle-class students within all schools. The recommendations offered in All Together Now outline a blueprint for creating middle class schools and draw upon the experiences of current experiments with economic integration in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Connecticut, and elsewhere. Based on these case examples are practical ways to bring about integrated schools for the future, and guidance for successfully overcoming political, logistical, and legal obstacles to an economic desegregation. All Together Now is informative, challenging, and occasionally inspiring reading which is particularly recommended to education reform activists, policy makers, school administrators, faculty members, and concerned parents.