Educational Apartheid in Post-Civil Rights America
By Paul Street
Routledge – 2005 – 232 pages
Fifty years after the US Supreme Court ruled that "separate but equal" was "inherently unequal," Paul Street argues that little progress has been made to meaningful reform America's schools. In fact, Street considers the racial make-up of today's schools as a state of de facto apartheid. With an eye to historical development of segregated education, Street examines the current state of school funding and investigates disparities in teacher quality, teacher stability, curriculum, classroom supplies, faculties, student-teacher ratios, teacher' expectations for students and students' expectations for themselves. Books in the series offer short, polemic takes on hot topics in education, providing a basic entry point into contemporary issues for courses and general; readers.
"Segregated Schools is one of the best accounts we have, not only of the shameless legacy and effects of racism in our nation's schools, but also of the underlying structural and ideological conditions that make it possible. Every student, teacher, parent, citizen, and all those concerned about racial and class segregation, as well as the fate of democracy in the 21st century, should read this book." -- Henry Giroux Global Television Network Chair in Communication Studies and English, McMaster University
"Paul Street sounds the alarm: America's commitment to racial integration in public education is dead. This stunning acknowledgment coming more than 50 years after the historic Brown decision represents a major reversal in America's journey toward racial equality. Street helps us to understand how and why this reversal has occurred and what the implications are for allowing the poorest and most disadvantaged students to be concentrated in the worst schools with the least funding. Street's book is a sobering wake-up call." -- Pedro Noguera Professor, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University
Paul Street served as Vice President for Research and Planning at the Chicago Urban League from 2000 to 2005 and is a Visiting Professor of History at Northern Illinois University.