Pamela Grundy's Color and Character: West Charlotte High and the American PDF

By Pamela Grundy

ISBN-10: 1469636077

ISBN-13: 9781469636078

At a time whilst race and inequality dominate nationwide debates, the tale of West Charlotte highschool illuminates the probabilities and demanding situations of utilizing racial and financial desegregation to foster academic equality. West Charlotte opened in 1938 as a segregated college that embodied the aspirations of the growing to be African American inhabitants of Charlotte, North Carolina. within the Nineteen Seventies, while Charlotte started court-ordered busing, black and white households made West Charlotte the distinguished flagship of the main built-in significant tuition procedure within the country. yet because the 20th century neared its shut and a brand new courtroom order eradicated race-based busing, Charlotte faculties resegregated alongside strains of sophistication in addition to race. West Charlotte grew to become the city's poorest, lowest-performing excessive school—a remarkable reminder of the folks and locations that Charlotte's swift progress had left at the back of. whereas devoted academics proceed to teach young children, the school's demanding situations underscore the painful results of resegregation.

Drawing on approximately twenty years of interviews with scholars, educators, and alumni, Pamela Grundy makes use of the historical past of a community's liked school to tell a broader American tale of schooling, neighborhood, democracy, and race—all whereas elevating questions about present-day innovations for college reform.

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