Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education

Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education

by Noliwe Rooks

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A “powerful analysis of racism, segregation, poverty” (Diane Ravitch) and a timely indictment of the privatization—and profitability—of separate and unequal schools

In an era characterized by levels of school segregation the country has not seen since the mid-twentieth century, cultural critic and American studies professor Noliwe Rooks provides a trenchant analysis of our separate and unequal schools and argues that profiting from our nation’s failure to provide a high-quality education to all children has become a very big business.

Hailed as “a bold and groundbreaking work” by Danny Glover, Cutting School deftly traces the financing of segregated education in America, from reconstruction through Brown v. Board of Education up to the current controversies around school choice, teacher quality, the school-to-prison pipeline, and more. Rooks breaks down the fraught landscape of “segrenomics,” transforming the “conversation about privatization and public education just as The New Jim Crow has done for the war on drugs and mass incarceration” (Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of Condemnation of Blackness ).

As our public education infrastructure crumbles, Rooks’s book manages to find hope in the inspired individuals and powerful movements fighting to save our urban schools. Cutting School is a cri de coeur for all of us to resist educational apartheid.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620972489
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 503,327
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Noliwe Rooks is the director of American studies at Cornell University and was for ten years the associate director of African American studies at Princeton University. She is the author of White Money/Black Power and Hair Raising. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

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