Left Behind brings forth valuable research in analyzing the achievement gaps in urban high schools while illuminating the oft-ignored political scaffolding that upholds such inequities. St. John, Milazzo Bigelow, Callahan Lijana, and Massé urge for the creation of new common standards that mandate district changes to fulfill all students' specific educational needs and help fulfill their wishes of attending college... Left Behind perhaps most importantly situates education as a political problem that manifests itself in the lives of some of our most vulnerable students, while also focusing on the massive political power of our policymakers who determine the quality of life for generations of families to come.
Left Behind represents a compelling narrative examining the social relations among politics, policy systems, and on-the-ground educational practice. The work is a culminating testament to the career of internationally recognized analyst of higher education Edward St. John.
St. John is one of this generation’s leading critical voices on equity in schooling and one of the few who has trained such authoritative energy on the linkages between secondary schooling and college opportunities. In this book, St. John and his colleagues offer a very important and insightful analysis of how market ideologies and standards based reform have collided to confound efforts to improve urban high schools. This is a must read for anyone interested in urban education.
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About the Authors
1. Market Niches
2. Math Problems
3. Advanced Literacies
4. College Knowledge
5. Toward Equitable Transformation