Inside Ocean Hill-Brownsville: A Teacher's Education, 1968-69

Inside Ocean Hill-Brownsville: A Teacher's Education, 1968-69

by Charles S. Isaacs


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ISBN-13: 9781438452968
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 1,096,220
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Charles S. Isaacs is a former schoolteacher, college professor, social activist, community organizer, financial analyst, and occasional journalist. He is currently an independent real estate advisor to New York City’s nonprofit community. He resides in Newburgh, New York.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Part I. Prelude to Confrontation

Part II. Ten Weeks, Three Strikes

Part III. The Vise Tightens

Part IV. Aftermath

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Inside Ocean Hill-Brownsville: A Teacher's Education, 1968-69 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
markbeeez More than 1 year ago
If you have ever been curious to find out what was actually behind the New York City school strikes of 1968 or if you wondered whether there was ever a time when the New York City school system could have been made to work for minority students, then Inside Ocean Hill-Brownville is the book to read. As an Ocean Hill-Brownsville, JHS 271 math teacher, Charles Isaacs was at the epicenter of the storm. While Al Shanker, the head of the United Federation of Teachers, used “black anti-Semitism” as the rallying cry to challenge any attempt to implement actual “community control” and parental involvement, Mr. Isaacs’s, white and Jewish, worked diligently and steadfastly to try to make community involvement work while, also, teaching math to the students in his classes. His experiences inside Ocean Hill-Brownsville, preserved by him in notes and press accounts, serve as primary source material, additionally, references to articles and books help paint a clear picture of what was at stake and what the city lost, and has continued to lose, when it allowed the union to win the strike. Mr. Isaacs is honest, thorough and insightful. This book is a very valuable addition to the literature on public education, the imperative of parental engagement, and the world New York City power politics.