The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty

Authr Jay Gillen writes with passion and compassion about the daily lives of poor students trapped in institutions that dismiss and degrade them.

The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty
by Jay Gillen and Bob Moses
AK Press
Retail Price $15.95
Amazon Price: $12.12

Book Description: 

Desegregation has failed. Schools filled with black and brown students have become plantations of social control, where the policing of behavior trumps the expanding of minds. Radical teachers and organizers in American public schools must help young people fashion an insurgency. That means, at the very least, seeing each student’s rebellion not as violation, but as communication. Jay Gillen writes with passion and compassion about the daily lives of poor students trapped in institutions that dismiss and degrade them. In the spirit of Paulo Freire, and using the historical models of slave rebellions and Civil Rights struggles as guides, Gillen explains what sort of insurgency is needed and how to create it: the tools and techniques required to build social, intellectual, and political power.

This poetic manifesto of revolutionary “educational reform” belongs in the pocket of anyone who currently works in, suffers through, or simply cares about public schooling in this country.

Jay Gillen teaches English in a Baltimore public school and has worked with the Baltimore Algebra Project since 1995, building math literacy among youth of color and youth experiencing poverty in US public schools.

Review

This is a very interesting read, written by a teacher right there in the trenches in a city school where poverty reigns supreme.  While we thought desegregation would help equal educational opportunities, we have seen it fail.  Gillen a clarion call for change and how to go about achieving it.  This is a must read for teachers and administrators and parents as well.

~Reviewed by David H.

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