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Critical Small Schools is a refreshing and timely antidote to the simplistic contemporary rhetoric about school reform. One of the "magic bullets" in this discourse is school size. Critical Small Schools distinguishes conditions that makes some small schools both critical and successful in developing democratic citizens, reclaiming the original vision of the small schools movement before it was co-opted by corporate reformers. The book provides grounded, research based, critical descriptions of the committed day in, day out work of teachers and administrators who struggle together with the parents and communities they serve to create school cultures where students, particularly African American and Latino, develop academic potential, voice and agency. Unlike the glossy panaceas touted by those outside of schools, here we are immersed in rich in-depth examples that show us the real world of teaching with all of its messy challenges and hard-won rewards. This book is essential reading for anyone who want to understand the nitty-gritty of how to create small schools that support teachers and students in the kind of genuine learning worthy of a multicultural society and a robust democracy.
--Lee Anne Bell, Professor
Barbara Silver Horowitz Director of Education
Barnard College, Columbia University

I have been waiting for this book for a long time. It is reassuring proof that the original movement for small schools as embodiments of educational justice and democracy lives on in a crucial core of institutions--despite the punishing waves of neoliberal policies that have crashed around us, leaving educational markets, high-stakes testing, and spurious accountability in their wake.
--Jean Anyon, Professor of Urban Education
Graduate Center, City University of New York

About the Author

Maria Hantzopoulos is Assistant Professor of Education at Vassar College and Coordinator of the Secondary Education Program.

Alia R. Tyner-Mullings is Assistant Professor of Sociology and a founding faculty member at the New Community College at the City University of New York (CUNY). Her co-authored book Writing for Emerging Sociologists was published by Sage Publications in 2013 and her book Enter the Alternative School: Critical Answers to Questions in Urban Education was published by Paradigm Publishers in 2014.

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