The Other Boston Busing Story: What's Won and Lost Across the Boundary Line

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The Other Boston Busing Story What s Won and Lost Across the Boundary Line METCO America s longest running voluntary school desegregation programme has for years transported black children from Boston s city neighbourhoods to predominantly white suburban schools In cont
  • Title: The Other Boston Busing Story: What's Won and Lost Across the Boundary Line
  • Author: Susan E. Eaton
  • ISBN: 9780300087659
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Hardcover
  • METCO, America s longest running voluntary school desegregation programme, has for 34 years transported black children from Boston s city neighbourhoods to predominantly white suburban schools In contrast to the infamous violence and rage of forced school transportation within the city in the 1970s, METCO has quietly and calmly promoted school integration How has this prMETCO, America s longest running voluntary school desegregation programme, has for 34 years transported black children from Boston s city neighbourhoods to predominantly white suburban schools In contrast to the infamous violence and rage of forced school transportation within the city in the 1970s, METCO has quietly and calmly promoted school integration How has this programme affected the lives of its graduates Would they choose to participate if they had to do it again Would they place their own children on the bus to the suburbs Sixty five METCO graduates vividly recall their own stories in this revealing book Susan Eaton interviewed programme participants who are now adults, asking them to assess the benefits and hardships of crossing racial and class lines on their way to school Their answers poignantly show that this type of racial integration is not easy they struggled to negotiate both black and white worlds, often feeling fully accepted in neither Even so, nearly all the participants believe the long term gains outweighed the costs and would choose a similar programme for their own children though not without conditions and apprehensions Even as courts and policymakers today are forcing the abandonment of desegregation, educators warn that students are better prepared in schools that reflect our national diversity This book offers an accessible and moving account of a rare programme that, despite serious challenges, provides a practical remedy for the persistent inequalities in American education.
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    An amazing text reporting on a body of research hereto unstudied Eaton focuses on the METCO program which allowed urban African American youths to attend primarily white or in some cases, racially mixed suburban schools Over the course of 65 interviews of adult alumni of the program, she comes to some very complex conclusions regarding the role of race, class, place, and educational opportunity in America Eaton employs a careful, professionally sound research methodology and forces the reader to [...]

    I liked a lot of things about this book, like reading about personal stories as opposed to just straight data But perhaps because she is a researcher, Eaton tended to repeat herself throughout the book to ensure that we understood what she gleaned from her interviews research It bordered on irritating.

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