In Browns Wake: Legacies of Americas Educational Landmark

Paperback | September 15, 2012

byMartha Minow

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What is the legacy of Brown vs. Board of Education? While it is well known for establishing racial equality as a central commitment of American schools, the case also inspired social movements for equality in education across all lines of difference, including language, gender, disability,immigration status, socio-economic status, religion, and sexual orientation. Yet more than a half century after Brown, American schools are more racially separated than before, and educators, parents and policy makers still debate whether the ruling requires all-inclusive classrooms in terms ofrace, gender, disability, and other differences. In Brown's Wake examines the reverberations of Brown in American schools, including efforts to promote equal opportunities for all kinds of students. School choice, once a strategy for avoiding Brown, has emerged as a tool to promote integration and opportunities, even as charter schools andprivate school voucher programs enable new forms of self-separation by language, gender, disability, and ethnicity. Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School, argues that the criteria placed on such initiatives carry serious consequences for both the character of American education and civil society itself. Although the original promise of Brown remains more symbolic than effective, Minow demonstrates the powerof its vision in the struggles for equal education regardless of students' social identity, not only in the United States but also in many countries around the world. Further, she urges renewed commitment to the project of social integration even while acknowledging the complex obstacles that mustbe overcome. An elegant and concise overview of Brown and its aftermath, In Brown's Wake explores the broad-ranging and often surprising impact of one of the century's most important Supreme Court decisions.

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What is the legacy of Brown vs. Board of Education? While it is well known for establishing racial equality as a central commitment of American schools, the case also inspired social movements for equality in education across all lines of difference, including language, gender, disability,immigration status, socio-economic status, reli...

Martha Minow is Dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr., Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where she has taught since 1981. She is an expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities, women, children, and persons with disabilities. Her prior books include Government by Contract; Just Schools; Breaking the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. What Brown Awakened2. Expanding Promise, Debated Means: Separate and Integrated Schooling for Immigrants, English-language Learners, Girls, and Boys3. Making Waves: Schooling and Disability, Sexual Orientation, Religion, and Economic Class4. Reverberations for American Indians, Native Hawaiians, and Group Rights5. School Choice and Choice Schools: Resisting, Realizing, or Replacing Brown?6. In Brown's Path: Social Contact and Integration Revisited7. On Other Shores: When is "Separate Inherently Unequal"?NotesIndex