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All Together Now : Creating Middle-Class Schools through Public School Choice

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"The premise of this book is highly provocative: all children in America should attend a middle-class public school.... [The author] carefully argues that neither racial integration nor compensatory educational spending has achieved equal opportunity, for our schools remain segregated by economic status. Kahlenberg offers much to digest." — Library Journal, 12/5/2000

"The book is certain to provoke a new debate in academic and policy circles; perhaps more important, it will inform the judgements and affections of all thinking Americans who read it." —William C. Louthan, Ohio Wesleyan University, Perspectives on Political Science, 7/1/2001

"Richard Kahlenberg has written a well-researched policy book on improving America's public schools.... Kahlenberg's ideas and proposals are compelling and he makes a very convincing case for his key policy goal to break up the harmful concentrations of poverty in U.S. schools." — NASSP Bulletin, 5/1/2001

"Kahlenberg offers a forward-thinking plan for fixing America's many broken-down schools." —Siobhan Gorman, National Journal, 3/9/2002

"ALL TOGETHER NOW is a clarion call for the socioeconomic desegregation of U.S. public schools. Simultaneously principled and pragmatic, Kahlenberg marshals a great deal of evidence to support his argument that integrating U.S. schools along socioeconomic lines is a necessary precondition for successful educational reform.... At a time when racial desegregation efforts have run afoul of federal court rulings and declining public support, and when voucher proposals challenge some of the core ideals of the common school, Kahlenberg's important book proposes an integration strategy that has a chance of garnering broad support and raising overall educational performance. It deserves to find a broad audience." — Harvard Educational Review, 12/1/2001

"Of all those who have been involved in the intense continuing debate on affirmative action, Richard Kahlenberg is the most knowledgeable and clearest advocate of the way to include everyone in need of opportunity. ALL TOGETHER NOW is an essential contribution to moving this debate in the K–12 area to a just conclusion." — Nat Hentoff, syndicated columnist

"Kahlenberg makes a substantial contribution to a national conversation that could be described as 'Whither Education?'" — The Washington Post

About the Author

Richard D. Kahlenberg is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, where he writes about education, equal opportunity, and civil rights. He is the author of four books, including Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race, and Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2007) and All Together Now: Creating Middle Class Schools through Public School Choice (a Century Foundation Book published by Brookings, 2001). He is also the editor of four more, including America's Untapped Resource: Low-Income Students in Higher Education (Century Foundation Press, 2004) and Public School Choice vs. Private School Vouchers (Century Foundation Press, 2003).


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Product Details

  • Series: Century Foundation Books (Brookings Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815748108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815748106
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,714,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
In All Together Now: Creating Middle-Class Schools Through Public School Choice, Richard Kahlenberg (senior fellow at The Century Foundation), advocates giving every child in American the opportunity to attend a public school in which the majority of students come from middle class households. He persuasively argues that the only way to make good on the American assumption that public schools will provide equal educational opportunity is by teaching disadvantaged and advantaged children together within the same facilities, with the same faculties, the same curriculums, and the same educational resources. The only way to achieve this socioeconomic integration is to establish a critical mass of middle-class students within all schools. The recommendations offered in All Together Now outline a blueprint for creating middle class schools and draw upon the experiences of current experiments with economic integration in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Connecticut, and elsewhere. Based on these case examples are practical ways to bring about integrated schools for the future, and guidance for successfully overcoming political, logistical, and legal obstacles to an economic desegregation. All Together Now is informative, challenging, and occasionally inspiring reading which is particularly recommended to education reform activists, policy makers, school administrators, faculty members, and concerned parents.
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Truly a wonderful book that offers vivid insight into all the education reforms used to try and fix urban school education AND the one that trumps all others in level of importance. This includes charter schools, private schools, integration by race, high stakes testing, teacher reform, parental outreach programs, etc. The remedy of socio-economic integration that he argues for is the only one that has time and time again proven to be largely effective in improving the lives of all children involved. Socio-economic integration has to do with integrating kids by social class, where the urban concentrations of poverty are broken up among schools. Essentially a small percentage of poor students moving to schools with a majority base of middle class students. His analysis includes the work of James Coleman and many education reformers that followed Coleman's lead in developing the research behind Social Integration of schools. Mixing in children on the basis of social class and not race has proven to aid many more. While this book was published in 2001 most of its content still holds true and social integration policies now affect over 80 school districts to the benefit of 4 million children. NOTE: Don't just read the introduction as small number of critics have done, read and digest the whole thing to truly understand the premise of social integration.
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In most urban school districts poor or minority students are over 50% of the total, sometimes the ratios approach 90%. How can you make every school middle-class-majority there?
In many developing countries now, and 30 years ago in China and India, 90% of the people in a country survive with a dollar a day. So if this author's assumption is right, then all the urban school districts and poor developing country kids would be doomed.
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Richard Kahlenberg takes a new approach to improving the public school system. Kahlenberg only gives one major way to fix schools ( social integration). This is not a fix all for schools although it does open up the idea of how one idea might improve our school systems if the city is large enough. A thought provoking read.
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