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Legendary civil rights leader and education activist Robert Moses invited one hundred prominent African American and Latino intellectuals and activists to meet to discuss a proposal for a campaign to guarantee a quality education for all children as a constitutional right–a movement that would “transform current approaches to educational inequity, all of which have failed miserably to yield results for our children.” The response was overwhelming, and people literally started organizing on the spot.
This book-emerging directly from that effort-includes a fierce, eloquent call by Moses for a new approach to school reform. He argues that the crisis in public education for children of color won't be solved by bureaucratic fixes but only by a grassroots, popular movement modeled after the civil rights movement.
Latino organizer Ernesto Cortés tells us about the realities of organizing based on the success stories of grassroots change in Texas. Lisa Delpit shows us the key features of culturally grounded quality education. Other eminent educators, historians, and legal experts lend their voices to this groundbreaking book.
“It is a must read for anyone who teaches in urban and under resourced schools as well as for anyone committed to the centuries old battle for justice. I highly recommend it.” — Garret Virchick, Boston Union Teacher
“Educators and school administrators will appreciate the perspectives and passionate rhetoric evident throughout this collection.”–Library Journal
“This is a wonderful, energizing tour of the landscape of the struggle for what is truly the new civil rights issue of our times: access to a high-quality public education. To change the nation’s direction will require, as this book argues, a coalition of organizers, young people, legal and educational scholars, teachers, and ordinary citizens. No other democracy in the world allows the inequities that our society allows, inequities that disproportionately affect African Americans, Latinos, and the poor. This is a blueprint, from some of our most visionary leaders in education, for a national movement to create a revolution in the way we think about schools and a map for a new American future. A crucial book.” –Linda Darling-Hammond, professor of education, Stanford University, author of The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future