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Inequality in the Promised Land: Race, Resources, and Suburban Schooling

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Nestled in neighborhoods of varying degrees of affluence, suburban public schools are typically better resourced than their inner-city peers and known for their extracurricular offerings and college preparatory programs. Despite the glowing opportunities that many families associate with suburban schooling, accessing a district's resources is not always straightforward, pa ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published June 25th 2014 by Stanford University Press
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Ellen
Aug 21, 2016 added it
It's a diss-turned-book and it reads that way. I liked it, tho. His study began in 2006, so its portrait of white folks clinging to colorblindness feels dated. Or maybe I don't know a wide enough variety of white people? Could very well be.

Chapter 4, about the way affluent white folks navigate opportunities, was especially frustrating. The description of the resources it takes to wade through all the crap that kids come home with from a public school, let alone the network-communicated opportuni
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Ryan
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Definitely an interesting case study of race and it's role in schools. A lot of work went into this book. Much praise to Lewis-McCoy on their work. ...more
Olivia
Read this for an educational anthropology class -- extremely interesting. Discussed the myth of suburban schooling, breaking down how even a well-run and well-resourced school district can continue to perpetuate inequality, particularly in their treatment of students of color. Lewis-McCoy is a skilled researcher and a strong writer.
Kendra
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolute must read for suburban educators, especially white suburban educators.
Tracy Jackson
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The struggles of blacks in suburban school districts, based on one school district. The author gives the call to work for districts who face the same challenges.
Jane
Oct 27, 2016 marked it as triedtoread  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Inter-Library Loan!

This is a book for scholars, not for me.
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