Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality is a concise history of Anglo American racism and school policies affecting dominated groups in the United States. In this text, Spring focuses on the educational, legal and social construction of race and racism, and on educational practices related to deculturalization, segregation, and the civil rights movement. He emphasizes issues of power and control in schools and how the dominant Anglo class has stripped away the culture of minority peoples in the U.S. and replaced it with the dominant culture. Spring gives voice to the often-overlooked perspectives of African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and Native Americans. An understanding of these historical perspectives and how they impact current conditions and policies is critical to teachers’ success or failure in today’s diverse classrooms. Very brief and affordable, Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality is an ideal supplement for Introduction/Foundations of Education, Multicultural Education, or any course that seeks to expand student notions of what U.S. education has been and is. In the fourth edition, Spring has included improved chapter conclusions and clarified material in all chapters, and has updated scholarship and treatment throughout.
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GROUPS: Chapters 2 and 3 discuss the dramatic effect deculturalization has had on the education of Native Americans and Puerto Ricans.
ECONOMIC EXPLOITATION: Spring discusses segregation in American education in terms of economic exploitation, where a sense of inferiority was created within the segregated group and a sense of superiority within the dominant group. For example, African, Mexican, and Asian Americans were segregated as part of the process of providing inexpensive labor in this country.
CONTEMPORARY: Current issues are discussed such as bilingual education, multicultural education, immigration, and the 'Culture Wars.'
ASIAN AMERICANS: A new Chapter 4 on Asian Americans explores the changing public images of Asian Americans from 'yellow peril' to 'model minority.'
HISPANIC/LATINO AMERICANS: A new Chapter 5 on Hispanic/Latino Americans discusses the difficulty of clearly defining 'Hispanic' and 'Latino' and explores the concept of La Raza and its implications for concepts of cultural identity.
ADDED CONTENT: Concepts of 'race' and 'racism' are based on US citizenship and education laws and court rulings, including the 'drop of blood' rule of Southern states during segregation. The text discusses why for some Americans racism and democracy are not conflicting beliefs but part of a general system of American values.
TIMELINES: Citizenship timelines indicate when each group considered gained full citizenship rights.
COMPING GUIDELINE: While this is a very brief (124 pp.), very focused, point-of-view History of Education text, it often is used in Foundations of and Introduction to Education courses to spur student critical thinking and expand their notions of what US education has been and is. Look for professors using a series of paperbacks.
BOOK'S POSITION: Joel Spring's concise history of Anglo American racism and school policies affecting dominated groups in the United States seeks to expand student notions of what American education has been and is. A pull-out of chapters from Spring's The American School 1642-2000 and very brief and affordable, Deculturalization is an ideal supplement for Introduction/Foundations of Education or Multicultural Education.
Joel Spring, professor of education at the New School University, received his Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin. His father was born a citizen of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory prior to the abolishment of the Choctaw government and the creation of Oklahoma. Professor Spring’s current interest in Native American culture and history is a reflection of his Indian background. His major research interests are the history of education, multicultural education, Native American culture, and the politics of education. Professor Spring is the author of many books including The Cultural Transformation of a Native American Family and Its Tribe 1763-1995: A Basket of Apples; Images of American Life: A History of Ideological Management in Schools, Movies, Radio, and Television; and Political Agendas for Education: From the Christian Coalition to the Green Party. For McGraw-Hill Professor Spring has authored American Education; Wheels in the Head: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Socrates to Human Rights; The Intersection of Cultures: Multicultural Education in the United States and the Global Economy; Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States, and Conflict of Interests: The Politics of American Education.
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