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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780226569611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226569611
  • ASIN: 0226569616
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of those rare books that will become a standard reference not only for social scientists, historians, and school officials, but for educated lay readers as well.... No previous study has provided a more definitive analysis of why so many black youngsters and their parents have lost faith in the public schools." - William Julius Wilson. "Kathryn Neckerman's analysis provides a welcome antidote to much of the historical literature on American education, which rarely examines actual policy choices.... Segregation did harm blacks, as this fine book shows." - "Journal of American History"

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Kathryn M. Neckerman is the Executive Director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.

 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kamau Rashid on August 6, 2013
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Neckerman offers a fascinating analysis of the systemic factors which contributed to the erosion of urban school systems. She demonstrates how urban schools have not failed simply due to "poor values" or lack of initiative among the denizens of America's central cities, rather she shows that their failure has been a byproduct of failed policies, policies that have been significant in the maintenance of racial subordination.
Neckerman's text is a great accompaniment to works such as Ghetto Schooling by Jean Anyon, Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol, or High Stakes Education by Pauline Lipman.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ObamaFan79 on December 12, 2012
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Kathryn Neckerman's book "Schools Betrayed" is a good example of an all too common practice in modern sociology of authors advancing their own agenda without providing evidence to support it. This is particular apparent in Neckerman's tortured explanation of historical accounts of African American children misbehaving in classrooms. Neckerman claims that this behavior was driven by their lack of faith in the school's ability to give them the skills necessary to achieve economic success. This may seem like a reasonable thesis on its face, but Neckerman provides no evidence to support it. It is pure conjecture on her part. As a result, the thesis doesn't withstand close scrutiny. For instance, are we really to believe that a 6 year old's disruptive behavior in class is driven by his concern over his future job prospects? Her thesis is further undercut by her account of immigrant students, who she says were less interested in school than African Americans yet were also better behaved. Neckerman rationalizes that this is because immigrants placed less emphasis on education and were therefore less frustrated by the quality they were receiving. Again, this is not impossible, but once again there are no facts to support this claim.

What is concerning about Neckerman's arguments are not so much the arguments themselves, but the complete lack of evidence supporting them. She has an agenda and skirts the facts when necessary in order to advance it.
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