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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 336

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

One of Publishers Weekly's 10 Best Books of 2017 Longlisted for the National Book Award This “powerful and disturbing history” exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times Book Review). Widely heralded as a “masterful” (Washington Post) and “essential” (Slate) history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law offers “the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation” (William Julius Wilson). Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintende...

The Color of Law
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 336

The Color of Law

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-05-02
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  • Publisher: Unknown

Lauded by Ta-Nehisi Coates for his "brilliant" and "fine understanding of the machinery of government policy" (The Atlantic), Richard Rothstein has painstakingly documented how American cities, from San Francisco to Boston, became so racially divided. Rothstein describes how federal, state, and local governments systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning, public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities, subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs, tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation, and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods. He demonstrates that such policies still influence tragedies in places like Ferguson and Baltimore. Scholars have separately described many of these policies, but until now, no author has brought them together to explode the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces. Like The New Jim Crow, Rothstein's groundbreaking history forces us to face the obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past.

Grading Education
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 263

Grading Education

Yes, we should hold public schools accountable for effectively spending the vast funds with which they have been entrusted. But accountability policies like No Child Left Behind, based exclusively on math and reading test scores, have narrowed the curriculum, misidentified both failing and successful schools, and established irresponsible expectations for what schools can accomplish. Instead of just grading progress in one or two narrow subjects, we should hold schools accountable for the broad outcomes we expect from public education, basic knowledge and skills, critical thinking, an apreciation of the arts, physical and emotional health, and preparation for skilled employment. Then we should develop the means to measure and ensure schools' success in achieving them. Grading Education describes a new kind of accountability plan for public education, one that relies on higher-quality testing, focusses on professional evaluation, and builds on capacities we already possess.

Class and Schools
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 210

Class and Schools

Contemporary public policy assumes that the achievement gap between black and white students could be closed if only schools would do a better job. According to Richard Rothstein, "Closing the gaps between lower-class and middle-class children requires social and economic reform as well as school improvement. Unfortunately, the trend is to shift most of the burden to schools, as if they alone can eradicate poverty and inequality." In this book, Rothstein points the way toward social and economic reforms that would give all children a more equal chance to succeed in school. This book features: a summary of numerous studies linking school achievement to health care quality, nutrition, childrearing styles, housing stability, parental economic security, and more ; aA look at erroneous and misleading data that underlie commonplace claims that some schools "beat the demographic odds and therefore any school can close the achievement gap if only it adopted proper practices." ; and an analysis of how the over-emphasis of standardized tests in federal law obscures the true achievement gap and makes narrowing it more difficult.

All Else Equal
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 225

All Else Equal

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-11-26
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  • Publisher: Routledge

Private schools always provide a better education than public schools. Or do they? Inner-city private schools, most of which are Catholic, suffer from the same problems neighboring public schools have including large class sizes, unqualified teachers, outdated curricula, lack of parental involvement and stressful family and community circumstances. Straightforward and authoritative, All Else Equal challenges us to reconsider vital policy decisions and rethink the issues facing our current educational system.

Hollywood Fairytale
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 300

Hollywood Fairytale

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-09-27
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  • Publisher: Unknown

The conclusion of Luke and Alex's story.Finding love was the easy part.Now plagued with being thousands of miles apart, someone trying to discredit their relationship all over social media, and Alex's ex-husband. Will their love stand up to the challenge?I knew our life wouldn't be easy, but I never thought I'd be scared for my life.Note: This book should be read after Hollywood Redemption.

High-Risers
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 400

High-Risers

Joining the ranks of Evicted, The Warmth of Other Sons, and classic works of literary non-fiction by Alex Kotlowitz and J. Anthony Lukas, High-Risers braids personal narratives, city politics, and national history to tell the timely and epic story of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green, America’s most iconic public housing project. Built in the 1940s atop an infamous Italian slum, Cabrini-Green grew to twenty-three towers and a population of 20,000—all of it packed onto just seventy acres a few blocks from Chicago’s ritzy Gold Coast. Cabrini-Green became synonymous with crime, squalor, and the failure of government. For the many who lived there, it was also a much-needed resource—it was home. ...

Segregation by Design
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 264

Segregation by Design

  • Categories: Law

Local governments use their control over land use to generate race and class segregation, benefitting white property owners.

Summary of The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein | Conversation Starters
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 18

Summary of The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein | Conversation Starters

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-11-03
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  • Publisher: BookHabits

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein | Conversation Starters Segregation in America has contributed to so much social strife. Richard Rothstein makes extraordinary revelations about how this came to be and how government policies promoted the segregation that continue to this day. With meticulous research and strong analyses, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America chronicles the untold story. Its well-researched evidence sheds light on a policy of de jure segregation in every presidential administration. It is a history of racism apparent but unrecognized, compelling Americans to act on the injustice done by government policies. The New York Times cal...