Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance In Urban America by Margaret F. BrinigLost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance In Urban America by Margaret F. Brinig

Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance In Urban America

byMargaret F. Brinig, Nicole Stelle Garnett

Paperback | November 11, 2016

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In the past two decades in the United States, more than 1,600 Catholic elementary and secondary schools have closed, and more than 4,500 charter schools-public schools that are often privately operated and freed from certain regulations-have opened, many in urban areas. With a particular emphasis on Catholic school closures, Lost Classroom, Lost Community examines the implications of these dramatic shifts in the urban educational landscape. 

More than just educational institutions, Catholic schools promote the development of social capital-the social networks and mutual trust that form the foundation of safe and cohesive communities. Drawing on data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods and crime reports collected at the police beat or census tract level in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, Margaret F. Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett demonstrate that the loss of Catholic schools triggers disorder, crime, and an overall decline in community cohesiveness, and suggest that new charter schools fail to fill the gaps left behind.

This book shows that the closing of Catholic schools harms the very communities they were created to bring together and serve, and it will have vital implications for both education and policing policy debates.
Margaret F. Brinig is the Fritz Duda Family Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame and a fellow of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives. She is the author of several books, including, most recently, Family, Law, and Community: Supporting the Covenant, also published by the University of Chicago Press. She lives ...
Title:Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance In Urban AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:November 11, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022641843X

ISBN - 13:9780226418438


Table of Contents



Chapter One: The Vanishing Urban Catholic School

Chapter Two: Catholic Schools and Charter Schools

Chapter Three: Catholic School Closures and Neighborhood Social Capital

Chapter Four: Catholic School Closures and Neighborhood Crome

Chapter Five: Charter Schools, Catholic Schools, and Crime

Chapter Six: A Replicable Story?

Chapter Seven: Explaining Catholic Schools' Positive Externalities

Chapter Eight: Expanding the Case for School Choice

Chapter Nine: Imagining Cities without Catholic Schools



Editorial Reviews

"It has been argued for decades that Catholic schools are somewhat unique in their ability to create community and social capital. What is new in Lost Classroom, Lost Community is a clear link between theoretical arguments about this relationship and a policy program intended to preserve Catholic schools that is put into terms a more general audience may understand. While school choice is usually advocated from a markets perspective, Brinig and Garnett argue that school choice should be less geared toward competition (which Catholic schools are, after all, losing) and more geared toward creating social capital. To me, this is the most interesting aspect of their book."