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(Check below for available audio or video for the respective authors)


Alexander, M. (2010)  The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the  Age of Colorblindness.  The New Press.  Best, most mind-blowing, presentation of the realities of U.S. imprisonment.

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(Prof. Michelle Alexander is interviewed on KPFA’s Morning Mix.)


Frank Adamson and Bjorn Astrand (2016) Global Education Reform: How Privatization and Public Investment Influence Education Outcomes: Routledge

Baugh, J. (2000). Beyond Ebonics: Linguistic pride and racial prejudice. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.


(Here are two segments which document his work around Ebonics.  The first focuses on a number of students who were in school around the time of the debate)

1.  Linguistic discrimination in school –

2. Linguistic profiling-


Chapman, P. D. (1989). Schools as sorters: Lewis M. Terman, applied psychology, and the intelligence testing movement, 1890–1930. New York: New York University Press.  Best unequivocal discussion of the origins of race-based standardized testing?  (6th  edition) New York: McGraw-Hill.


Domhoff, G.W.   (2009).  Who rules America?  (6th  edition) New York: McGraw-Hill.


(This is a comprehensive film he was part of which consists of himself along with a host of other very insightful individuals. There are two parts)

American Power Structure

Part 1.

Part 2.


Du Bois, W. E. B. (1970). Two hundred years of segregated schools. In P. Foner (Ed.), W. E. B. Du Bois speaks: Speeches and addresses, 1920–1963. New York: Pathfinder.  (Best (and very brief) presentation and prediction on education of African-Americans.)

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(Hear from the man himself sharing some of his ideas)


Dubois, W.E.B.  February, 1955. “Two Hundred Years of Segregated Schools.” Negro History Week.  WEBDubois-200 years of segregated schools



Epstein, K.K. (2005, Fall).  The whitening of the American teaching force: A problem of recruitment or a problem of racism? Social Justice,  32, 3, 89–102.  Best (if I do say so myself) explanation of why there is no teacher diversity.

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Epstein, K.K. (2012). A different view of urban schools: Civil rights, critical race theory and unexplored realities,  Revised edition New York: Peter Lang.    Good analysis of how U.S. policy has screwed up urban schools, with Oakland as an example.

(Check out an interview about the most recent book Organizing to Change a City)

(This is a great interview from my Education Today with Rashidah Grinage of Pueblo)



Epstein, K., Lynch, K., & Allen-Taylor, J. (2012). Organizing to change a city. New York, Peter Lang.













Freire, P. (1970).  New York: Continuum. Best reminder of what’s wrong with U.S. educational policy.


(A very interesting discussion with him)


Garrod, A (2007) Asian-American College Students Tell Their Life Stories (Cornell University Press) (Great narrative look at the experience of Asian-origin young people in the U.S.)

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Hagopian, Jesse (2014)  More Than A Score.  Haymarket Books




Jimenez, Francisco (1997) The Circuit.   University of New Mexico. Stories from the life of a migrant child.



Kochhar, R., Fry, R. & Taylor, P. (2011). Wealth gaps rise to record highs between whites, blacks, Hispanics. Pew Research Center. Retrieved July 26, 2011, from (and one of many other good ones) statistical presentations of racial wealth gap.




Kozol, J. (1978) Children of the Revolution.  Delta Books (Best thing he ever wrote.  A fascinating look at the Cuban literacy campaign)


(his honesty and dedication have made him someone who continues to provide an important voice sharing another point of view)


 Ladson-Billings, G. & Tate, William F. IV (1995) Toward a Critical Race Theory of Education.  Teachers College Record 97(1).  Best (and first) application of critical race theory to education.

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Ladson-Billings, G. (1992) Liberatory Consequences of Literacy.  Journal of Negro Education. 61(3). Best example of using traditional academic research format and practice for a transformative educational purpose.


(Reframing the Racial Achievement Gap.  Follow the link below and the audio is on the right of the page)


Perry, T and Delpit, L (1998) The Real Ebonics Debate (Beacon Press) (Best book on Ebonics; written by participants in the struggle)

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(while this presentation is not done by the authors it gives a very profound analysis of Ebonics. this piece contains several parts which you can find by following the link below)





Rice University (2008, February 14). Negative Implications Of No Child Left Behind: As Graduation Rates Go Down, School Ratings Go Retrieved July 6, 2012, from­/releases/2008/02/



Richard-Amato, P. (2010)   Making It Happen:  From Interactive to Participatory Language Teaching.  Pearson. Best book of teaching methods for second-language students AND anybody else.

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Salzberg, P. (2011)  Finnish Lessons.  New York:  Teachers College Press. Best look at Finnish education:  What the Finns says about connection of egalitarian social policy and education



Stoskopf, A.  “Eugenics & the Testing Movement”  — Stoskopf 2002 Echoes of a forgotten past–eugenics testing and ed reform[1]



Tyack, D. (1974)   The One Best System:  A History of American Urban Education.  Harvard University Press.  Best history of U.S. education

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Just a couple of good web sites:

News on education, land reform, and other issues from Venezuela –‎


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Some good teaching ideas and education news –

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Organizing to Change a City describes five specific organizing efforts used by activists, including the authors, to change urban conditions for the 99%.

They recruited an African-American progressive to run for Mayor; created a 1,000 person participatory policy making process; organized to implement those policies; defeated an ominous developer-dominated machine; and at moments when nothing else would do, “took space” in City Hall and on the streets.

During this five year period economic development strategy was changed to limit gentrification by focusing on local employment; new land use, zoning, and employment policies were implemented; the homicide rate was reduced; and the school district was returned to local control.

These efforts are set within a national and international context, illuminating issues of the racial wealth gap, “growth coalitions,” gentrification, national education policy, and the application of ideas like “progressive” and “action research.” Urban Studies, Ethnic Studies, political science, social science, contemporary history, education and community organizing classes will find Organizing to Change a City a unique reading.


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