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Radical Possibilities: Public Policy, Urban Education, and A New Social Movement (Critical Social Thought) New Ed Edition

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'Radical Possibilities is a powerful and important book. Jean Anyon argues forcefully and persuasively for a new and comprehensive vision to understand and confront the problems of urban education.' - William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University

'Radical Possibilities is a paradigm breaking text of really useful knowledge in urban education. As this knowledge permeates beyond the academy and into the inner-city community there can be no doubt that the radical possibilities which it highlights will become generative of new social movements for the transformation of urban communities and schools.' - Critical Studies in Education

 

 

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Radical Possibilities is a powerful and important book. Jean Anyon argues forcefully and persuasively for a new and comprehensive vision to understand and confront the problems of urban education. By showing the limitations of urban school reform in dealing with conditions created by macroeconomic and metropolitan policies, she presents a compelling case for a social movement that centers on education but that addresses the broader issues of social inequality. This well written book is must reading for anyone concerned about the state of urban public schools.

William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • Series: Critical Social Thought
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (March 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415950996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415950992
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Duane E. Campbell on March 22, 2006
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Radical Possibilities is a well written description of several of the current crises in our nation, focusing on public education. Prof. Anyon excels at placing the public school crisis in its appropriate and complex economic context. I recommend the book to the well informed, well read reader. The book is well written and clearly organized.

The later chapters offer a hope for change including an emphasis on working with Community Based organizations.

I teach in a graduate program in Multi lingual Multicultural Education at Calif. State University-Sacramento. We have the good fortune of working with hundreds of teachers, over two thirds Latino and/or Asian. We used this book for the first time this year in a course on Advocacy and Change in Education.

The Anyon book served well along with my own book, Choosing Democracy: a Practical guide to Multicultural Education (2004)

We live in a very changing time from the era of the active Civil Rights movement. Teachers, and other educational workers, need to understand the complex interactions between social science analysis of the communities and school reform and/or school renewal. The Anyon book does this very well. She introduces important economics data in an understandable manner. In most settings readers will need assistance and further explanations of the basic economic concepts and relationships.

Duane Campbell

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Great book lots of info, did not realize how much this book is cited in urban education. I happen to be reading this book in a class at the same time the author passed. We were referencing her website, I remember going to the site and receiving the bad news. Lots of info, good perspective on things
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First, Please keep in mind this was written in 2005 before the economy tanked, and before NCLB started its fade. It may have been relevant then, but I doubt it. Professor Anyon has hand selected iffy data to prove her points that don't stand up well to scrutiny. Her methods of achieving educational injustice are not sound it today's political environment. All in all a disappointing presentation of ill formed ideas. I think the main issue for Anyon is that she was a more of a higher education lifer, and wasn't grounded in how the real world works. I think the best evidence of her lack of enlightenment was her 2011 book Marx and Education. Come on, really? History shows Marxism has worked great? My apologies goes out to anyone forced to read this book. Instructors: If you present this book as having merit to guide education reform, how much time have you spent in the real world? This is a book written by an academia lifer for other lifers.
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