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ERIC Number: EJ1155634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Commentary: The American Tradition of Inequality: Neighborhoods and Schools
Lareau, Annette; Jo, Hyejeong
American Educational Research Journal, v54 n1 suppl p190S-192S Apr 2017
This article is a commentary on "Unwrapping the Suburban "Package Deal": Race, Class, and School Access," by Anna Rhodes and Siri Warkentien. Although guided by powerful ideals of equal opportunity, American schools are deeply unequal. As historians of education have taught, children of different racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds have traditionally attended different schools. As well, most reform efforts have had limited impact in eroding this pattern. Today, most American children continue to attend the ''catchment'' school where they live, and U.S. neighborhoods remain very inequitable. However, Anna Rhodes and Siri Warkentien remind the reader that the world is changing. While older, inner-ring suburbs are becoming racially integrated, the pattern of ''chocolate cities and vanilla suburbs'' is shifting. Recent research predicts that over a number of years approximately one-third of these integrated suburban neighborhoods will be transformed into racially segregated neighborhoods (often dominated by Latino/a residents), while others will maintain a level of integration. In this article, the authors think about how inequality can be reduced through educational policies. [For "Unwrapping the Suburban 'Package Deal': Race, Class, and School Access," see EJ1155304.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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