Urban Education in America

Urban Education in America : Problems and Prospects

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 220mm | 312g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • tables
  • 0195016556
  • 9780195016550

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The primary purpose of this dense, detailed study is to define the problems that confront urban schools as a result both of their institutional structure and of the future-shock environment in which they must function - solutions are briefly sketched. Although one of the authors is an educational psychologist, the emphasis is on sociological theory and methods, specifically four major factors - the urban setting itself, political institutions like legislatures and professional organizations, the bureaucratic structures of the schools themselves and their dependence on the good will of the community for support. The volume offers nothing novel but serves to synthesize vast quantities of demographic, economic and other empirical data which show a bleakly vivid, statistically disheartening, picture of our beleaguered school systems. The analysis is occasionally skimpy but in general this proves a cogent work that recognizes the complexities of the problems and eschews quick or comforting solutions. One particularly telling point is that educational institutions cannot be expected to provide answers to all our urban woes; ghetto unemployment, for example, will require basic reforms in the labor market. (Kirkus Reviews)show more