Despite The Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives In Good Schools
  • Despite The Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives In Good Schools
  • Despite The Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives In Good Schools
ISBN: 0190669829
EAN13: 9780190669829
Language: English
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.71" H x 9.21" L x 5.98" W
Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

On the surface, Riverview High School looks like the post-racial ideal. Serving an enviably affluent, diverse, and liberal district, the school is well-funded, its teachers are well-trained, and many of its students are high achieving. Yet Riverview has not escaped the same unrelenting question that plagues schools throughout America: why is it that even when all of the circumstances seem right, black and Latino students continue to lag behind their peers?

Through five years' worth of interviews and data-gathering at Riverview, John Diamond and Amanda Lewis have created a rich and disturbing portrait of the achievement gap that persists more than fifty years after the formal dismantling of segregation. As students progress from elementary school to middle school to high school, their level of academic achievement increasingly tracks along racial lines, with white and Asian students maintaining higher GPAs and standardized testing scores, taking more advanced classes, and attaining better college admission results than their black and Latino counterparts. Most research to date has focused on the role of poverty, family stability, and other external influences in explaining poor performance at school, especially in urban contexts. Diamond and Lewis instead situate their research in a suburban school, and look at what factors within the school itself could be causing the Read More chevron_right

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   A great look behind the curtains of today's high schools . . .
The life of a high school is captured in a thorough way. One of the issues of the day, the apartheid arrangement of today's schools, is one that Lewis and Diamond made the school come alive for me. They untangle what people say from what they do. duplicity is difficult to describe and categorize, but it is real and has consequences. The white students have good education and the black and brown kids have basic education. After this pattern is established in high school, the conclusion is that it continues into college and career. I didn't find it easy to figure out who was not making their intentions manifest. This book is a must for anyone who wants to understand the education system.
   Critical for Mostly White Districts - Consider a Book Study
The district is studying a book with over 130 people in six sites. When we don't change the system to align with our intentions, it's critical for mostly white school districts to read and consider the outcomes reproduced.
The book was well written and I found it to be probing, informative, and clearly written. This is a must- read and I am very happy to have purchased it.
   great case study
I found this book to be helpful in understanding the dynamics of public schools that are still struggling with white supremacy.
   Get this book now.
If you want to improve the outcomes for students of color in your school, read this book first. It has great information and is easy to understand.
   Highly Recommended!
We had to read this book for the course. Unlike a lot of class readings, this book is enjoyable to read and gives information that will make you stop and think about your education. It shows how classism and racism still affect the experiences of students. I highly recommend this one.
   Important Read!
It's an important read for teachers and parents to understand how we make decisions with systemic racism in mind.
   Every educator should buy this book!
This book is very easy to read. The researchers did their homework. Some of the reviews say the work is unfair. African American students are seen as being behind their white peers when it comes to achievement in public schools. This research takes a look at middle class students within a middle class neighborhood and determine what variables account for the achievement gap.