Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education: Chapter One PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Peter Sacks

Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education: Chapter One

University of California Press
Publication date: May 2007
ISBN: 9780520902411
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We often hear about the growing divide between rich and poor in America. This compelling exposé , backed by up-to-date research, locates the source of this trend where we might least expect to find it--in our schools. Written for a wide audience, Tearing Down the Gates is a powerful indictment of American education that shows how schools, colleges, and universities exacerbate inequality by providing ample opportunities for advantaged students while shutting the gates on the poor--and even the middle class. Peter Sacks tells the stories of young people and families as they struggle to negotiate the educational system. He introduces students like Ashlea, who grew up in a trailer park and who would like to attend college, though she faces constant obstacles that many of her more privileged classmates can't imagine. Woven throughout with voices of Americans both rich and poor, Tearing Down the Gates describes a disturbing situation that has the potential to undermine the American dream, not just for some, but for all of us. At the heart of this book is a question of justice, and Sacks demands that we take a hard look at what equal opportunity really means in the United States today.
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