Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality, Second Edition 2nd Revised ed. Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
When it comes to assessing our students, we must always remember that an assessment is just a tool to help teachers better assist the students themselves (analysis should be a tool to help, not hinder). When we use assessments to rank or categorize people, we create divisions in society, leading to competition and needless conflicts that are sure to infringe upon cooperative efforts, straying from a constructive community towards one that is more destructive in regards to its own identity (where assessments are applied to people for oppressive and discriminatory purposes; and where the once helpful tool of assessment starts to be wielded around like a weapon).
More important, I think, is Oakes' failure to emphatically acknowledge that what goes on inside schools is determined, in large measure, by the context of schooling. More than ten years before publication of the first edition of Oakes' book, Bowles and Gintis' Schooling in Capitalist America made a strong case for an unwitting outcome of schooling: to reprocduce and legitimate an inequitable social class structure from one generation to the next.
The lesson for Oakes is that she shouldn't expect a stratified context to give rise to unstratified schools. Schools are arenas of status group conflict, and the stratified nature of schooling will be supported by those on top -- it serves their children's interests. The respectful and deferential working class has little or no clout. So, if you want to change the organization of schooling, change the organization of its social context. A monumental task, but the only one that will do the job.
Nevertheless, Oakes' account of the differential experiences of students by class and ethnicity is extremely informative and quite interesting.Read more ›