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The Struggle for Racial Equality and Civic Renewal in Public Education

Lawrence Blum and Zoë Burkholder


Lawrence Blum and Zoë Burkholder

280 pages | 5 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2021
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226786032 Published May 2021
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780226785981 Published May 2021
E-book $10.00 to $26.99 About E-books ISBN: 9780226786179 Published May 2021
The promise of a free, high-quality public education is supposed to guarantee every child a shot at the American dream. But our widely segregated schools mean that many children of color do not have access to educational opportunities equal to those of their white peers. In Integrations, historian Zoë Burkholder and philosopher Lawrence Blum investigate what this country’s long history of school segregation means for achieving just and equitable educational opportunities in the United States.
Integrations focuses on multiple marginalized groups in American schooling: African Americans, Native Americans, Latinxs, and Asian Americans. The authors show that in order to grapple with integration in a meaningful way, we must think of integration in the plural, both in its multiple histories and in the many possible definitions of and courses of action for integration. Ultimately, the authors show, integration cannot guarantee educational equality and justice, but it is an essential component of civic education that prepares students for life in our multiracial democracy.

Chapter 1 Segregation

Chapter 2 Desegregation

Chapter 3 Equality

Chapter 4 Integrations: The Capital Argument

Chapter 5 Integrations: The Civic Argument

Conclusion: Egalitarian Civic Integrationist Pluralism


Review Quotes
Derrick Darby, coauthor of 'The Color of Mind: Why the Origins of the Achievement Gap Matter for Justice'
“Calling for school integration as a remedy, the authors champion a civic-minded conception rooted in training students for democratic citizenship. But for egalitarian integrations to be successful, structural injustice must be dismantled. This book will be invaluable for scholars, educators, and activists fighting for educational equality.”
K. Tsianina Lomawaima, coauthor of ''To Remain an Indian': Lessons in Democracy from a Century of Native American Education'
“A revolutionary call to confront, challenge, and reform race-based inequity and injustice in the public school system in the United States—a must-read for parents, teachers, administrators, and students.”
Helen F. Ladd, coauthor of 'Educational Goods: Values, Evidence, and Decision-Making'
“The challenges arising from racial and ethnic inequalities in the United States are complex and defy simple solutions such as integrating schools. Using rich historical analysis and philosophical insights, Blum and Burkholder show us how to promote the civic and other educational goods necessary for a pluralistic democratic society. The book could not be more timely and relevant.”
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