City Kids, City Schools : More Reports from the Front Row

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  • Copyright: 2008-08-01
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A follow-up to the classic collection on the realities of teaching and learning in urban schools. Of the approximately 50 million public school students in the United States, more than half are in urban schools. A contemporary companion toCity Kids, City Teachers: Reports from the Front Row, this new and timely collection has been compiled by four of the country's most prominent urban educators. Contributors including Sandra Cisneros, Jonathan Kozol, Sapphire, and Patricia J. Williams provide some of the best writing on life in city schools and neighborhoods. Young people and practicing teachers, poets and scholars, social critics and journalists offer unique takes on topics ranging from culturally relevant teaching and scripted curricula to the criminalization of youth, gentrification, and the inequities of school funding. In the words of Sonia Nieto,City Kids, City Schools"challenge[s] the conventional wisdom of what it means to teach in urban schools."

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prologue: "A Talk to Teachers"p. xiii
Introductionp. xxiii
City Kids
Introductionp. 3
from Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicagop. 8
from Holler If You Hear Mep. 10
from Pushp. 19
"descendancy"p. 28
from The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dreamp. 31
"morning papers"p. 37
"Four Skinny Trees"p. 41
"To 'See' Again"p. 43
City Teachers
Introductionp. 55
"Building Community from Chaos"p. 60
"Mr. B"p. 74
"One of 'These Children'"p. 85
"Are Those Real?"p. 92
"The Curie 12: A Case for Teacher Activism"p. 97
"daddy in jail"p. 102
"Everything Flowers"p. 104
"Lessons from Teachers"p. 113
City Classrooms, City Schools
Introductionp. 139
from The Shame of the Nationp. 145
"'Yes, But How Do We Do It?': Practicing Culturally Relevant Pedagogy"p. 162
"Desde Entonces, Soy Chicana: A Mexican Immigrant Student Resists Subtractive Schooling"p. 178
"What Teachers Need to Know About Poverty"p. 184
"disconnect: 1984 & the failure of education or CPS gets an F U"p. 195
"'Comin' from the School of Hard Knocks': Hip-hop and the Revolution of English Classrooms in City Schools"p. 197
"Parents as Writers: Transforming the Role of Parents in Urban Schools"p. 207
"NCLB's Selective Vision of Equality: Some Gaps Count More Than Others"p. 219
City Issues: Beyond the School's Walls
Introductionp. 229
"Education in Our Dying Cities"p. 235
"Unnatural Disasters: Race and Poverty"p. 241
"And What Will Become of Children Like Miguel Fernandez?: Education, Immigration, and the Future of Latinos in the United States"p. 255
"Education and the New Urban Workforce in a Global City"p. 273
"brooklyn"p. 287
"Little House in the 'Hood"p. 290
"Race War: Policing, Incarceration, and the Containment of Black Youth"p. 294
"Remembrance: Keeping Kids at the Center of Educational Policy"p. 305
"Putting Education at the Center"p. 310
Afterword: The First Dayp. 325
About the Editorsp. 328
Permissionsp. 331
Indexp. 335
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