- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 3, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199793581
- ISBN-13: 978-0199793587
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform 1st Edition
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"Civil rights activists in the 1960s insisted in the face of terror and death that national citizenship granted in the 14th Amendment meant something. That seminal work inspired organizing groups, active agents in an historic and on-going process, to bond with and bridge across racial, faith, gender, immigrant, and youth communities to reshape the narrative about the promise of citizenship. A Match on Dry Grass draws on these organizing traditions in the work to right 'the wrong this day done' in the nation's public schools. All of us doing that work will benefit from reading this book." --Robert Moses, Founder of the Algebra Project
"This is an important book for anyone interested in fundamental and sustainable school reform. Community organizing as described in A Match on Dry Grass creates new relationships, new community leadership, and new political power focused on doing what is right for kids. These are potent sources of support for true systemic change and an essential dimension to transforming our schools for the long haul." --Andrés A. Alonso, Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools
"In a context of top-down school reform preoccupied with changing administrative policies, the stories of bottom-up, community organizing initiatives in A Match on Dry Grass read like a breath of fresh air. Who better to spearhead educational reform than the young people, parents, teachers, and neighborhood residents who are committed to bringing about change in their communities? Simultaneously analytical yet full of practical organizing techniques, this important volume offers a provocative mosaic of not only what is possible, but what people are actually doing. A Match on Dry Grass's on-the-ground view of community organizing for school reform is must reading for those who see how important quality public education is for building a strong democracy." --Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland
"For too long we have been waiting for Presidents, Governors and other self-declared superheroes to save our schools while overlooking the power and potential of local communities. This detailed study on community organizing for educational change in school districts and communities throughout the United States serves as a poignant lesson to those who are genuinely concerned about promoting educational change and a powerful reminder of what is possible when those with the most at stake take action to compel schools to improve." --Pedro A. Noguera, Professor of Education, New York University
"A Match on Dry Grass locates the problems of public education as residing squarely in unequal power relations in a socially and economically stratified society. The diverse and engaging accounts of successful organizing efforts show that relational power develops where community organizing becomes a way of life without which sustained progressive educational change is neither possible nor desirable. This book is a treasure that I plan to reference again and again." --Angela Valenzuela, Professor of Educational Policy and Planning, University of Texas-Austin, and author of Subtractive Schooling and Leaving Children Behind
"The book should be equally interesting to students of collective behavior and social movements as to education reformers... The book reconnects education to its democratic impulse of improving the life chances of all Americans, which can get lost in the typical school reform talk of raising test scores." --ontemporary Sociology
"Warren and Mapp offer those interested in authentic educational and social change actual glimpses into local, as opposed to more artificial, national efforts to generate school success, especially in low-income areas... The main strength of the book is its honesty in eschewing canned, often failed, approaches to school reform. Instead, Warren and Mapp take a more realistic road toward the creation of a more just, equitable, and real American democracy. Summing Up: Highly recommended." --CHOICE
About the Author
Mark R. Warren is Associate Professor at Harvard University, and author of Fire in the Heart and Dry Bones Rattling.
Karen L. Mapp is Lecturer in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of Beyond the Bake Sale.
The Community Organizing and School Reform Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, led by Mark R. Warren and Karen L. Mapp, consists of Keith Catone, Roy Cervantes, Connie K. Chung, Cynthia Gordon, Soo Hong, Ann Ishimaru, Paul Kuttner, Meredith Mira, Thomas Nikundiwe, Soojin Oh, Kenneth Russell, Amanda Taylor, Mara Tieken, Anita Wadhwa, and Helen Westmoreland.
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Teachers, school leaders, policy makers, parents, and others concerned with the deterioration of public education in many parts of the United States will find in this book concrete examples of how communities can come together to lead the type of deep, structural, sustained, innovative reform necessary to transform our education system.