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GED Stories: Black Women and Their Struggle for Social Equity
     

GED Stories: Black Women and Their Struggle for Social Equity

by Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
 

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GED Stories relays the journeys of four Black women who left high school before completing their studies, but returned to the formal classroom to finish their secondary education. A comparison of the four case studies helps to highlight the similarities in the women’s determination to overcome the stigma of living without their high school certificate.

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GED Stories relays the journeys of four Black women who left high school before completing their studies, but returned to the formal classroom to finish their secondary education. A comparison of the four case studies helps to highlight the similarities in the women’s determination to overcome the stigma of living without their high school certificate. The women describe their struggles with low self-esteem and their slow rise to confidence in themselves and their academic ability. Throughout the book there is a strong thread of hope and celebration of the victory over the challenges that being poor, Black, and female represented in the twentieth century.

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«With passion and insight, Joanne Kilgour Dowdy presents the compelling stories of courage and determination as told by Black women who took the ‘GED journey’. Dowdy allows the voices of the women to predominate and carry this documentation and analysis of marginalization and hope. She demonstrates through these cases the ways that racism, gender bias, and classism continue to shape the opportunities of Black women in the United States today. In the process, she gives us a glimpse of the underside of the promise of the GED program. Without significant structural change to society, too many Black women, despite having attained this degree, will continue to be forced to accept non-mainstream forms of employment just ‘…to keep body and soul together’.» (Victoria Purcell-Gates, Michigan State University)
«Joanne Dowdy, through the voices of four Black women, brings us close and personal to those aspects in GED programs that liberate and facilitate Black women in their struggle between educational attainment and the quality of life choices. She also brings to the forefront the inadequacy Black women experience when these programs do not sharpen their ability to examine and act on issues of power, oppression, dominance, race, class, and gender within social structures and economic arrangements. The need for alternative teaching methods in GED programs is strong and well documented. Dr. Dowdy, a compassionate, creative scholar, expertly shows how the use of the liberating aspects of a culture creates opportunities for discovery and inquiry into ones self, community and institutions. This study clarifies the concept that the literacies of a person or a people transcend reading and writing and are the very essence of what it means to be liberated. This book will help all of us who are working in adult literacy and GED programs to conceptualize the degree to which skills can be used in liberating ways so that participants can better understand and transform themselves and their world.» (Liz Peavy, Executive Director, Septima Clark Center for Urban Literacy)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820462158
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Series:
Counterpoints Series: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education , #228
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
102
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

The Author: Joanne Kilgour Dowdy is Associate Professor of Adolescent/Adult Literacy at Kent State University, Ohio. She has co-edited (with Lisa Delpit) The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom. Dowdy’s articles on language arts and arts integration in the classroom have appeared in national and international journals. She has also written and performed her autobiographical work, Between Me and the Lord, in the United States and the Caribbean.

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