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City Schools and the American Dream: Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education (Multicultural Education Series (New York, N.Y.).) [Paperback]

Pedro A. Noguera
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October 1, 2003 080774381X 978-0807743812

Pedro Noguera argues that higher standards and more tests, by themselves, will not make low-income urban students any smarter and the schools they attend more successful without substantial investment in the communities in which they live. Drawing on extensive research performed in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond, Noguera demonstrates how school and student achievement is influenced by social forces such as demographic change, poverty, drug trafficking, violence, and social inequity. Readers get a detailed glimpse into the lives of teachers and students working "against the odds" to succeed. Noguera sends a strong message to those who would have urban schools "shape up or shut down": invest in the future of these students and schools, and we can reach the kind of achievement and success that typify only more privileged communities.

Public schools are the last best hope for many poor families living in cities across the nation. Noguera gives politicians, policymakers, and the public its own standard to achieve, provide the basic economic and social support so that teachers and students can get the job done!

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"This book will prove useful to anyone interested in and perplexed by how to reform urban public schools in this country." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Multicultural Education Series (New York, N.Y.)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080774381X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807743812
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
City Schools and the American Dream by Pedro Noguera is one of the most excellent books in the field of education. He articulately writes about how we can improve urban schools as well as help the poorest, neediest students. He insists that there are models of successful schools who have common characteristics. He writes about such subjects as the achievement gap, safety in schools and inequality in schools. This is a must read for any educator who wants to know what is really going on in our inner city schools. This is also a good book for anyone interested in the future of our children. Dr. Noguera is right on. What a blessing he is to the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Offers hope and ideas February 3, 2010
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Pedro Noguera offers hope and ideas for urban education from his own personal experience working in the Bay area. Definitely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read May 22, 2014
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Awesome read for any student going into teaching. I would recommend it for teachers in urban schools also. It give good advice on what can be done to help educate ethic kids in urban schools.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book for dissertation studies May 23, 2013
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I think this is a great book for urban ed course. If I ever become a professor I will use it in my courses.
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