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The Resource Ghosts in the schoolyard : racism and school closings on Chicago's South side, Eve L. Ewing

Ghosts in the schoolyard : racism and school closings on Chicago's South side, Eve L. Ewing

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Ghosts in the schoolyard : racism and school closings on Chicago's South side
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Ghosts in the schoolyard
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racism and school closings on Chicago's South side
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Eve L. Ewing
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Ghosts in the schoolyard
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racism and school closings on Chicagos South side
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Booklist Editors' Choice, 2018.
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  • /* Starred Review */ In 2013, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that dozens of Chicago's public schools would be shut down. Eventually 49 neighborhood schools in largely black sections of the Windy City closed, an unprecedented move that sparked immediate backlash. "A fight for a school is never just about a school," Ewing (University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration) notes in her bracing account of that turbulent time, relying on a blend of historical and ethnographic research to show how the closures were only the most recent manifestation of a decades-long pattern of disinvestment by Chicago Public Schools. In one chapter, the author describes how grassroots movements staged effective protests that ultimately led to one community saving their high school from the chopping block. In another, Ewing examines the grieving process that parents, students, and alumni undergo when their institutions are lost. Most important, this book effectively connects school closings in largely African American neighborhoods to the devaluation of black lives in general. VERDICT Ewing's graceful prose enlivens what might otherwise be a depressing topic in this timely, powerful read. Recommended to public, high school, and university libraries.—Seth Kershner, Northwestern Connecticut Community College Library, Winsted --Seth Kershner (Reviewed 02/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 1, p87)
  • Poet Ewing (Electric Arches), an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, revisits the 2013 closure of 54 Chicago public schools due to declining rates of enrollment in this bracing study of the third largest school system in the United States. Ewing focuses on three schools in Bronzeville, on Chicago’s South Side, most notably Dyett High School, where news of the school’s closure sparked a monthlong hunger strike among community members. Two questions permeate this study: “If the schools were so terrible, why did people fight for them so adamantly?” and “What role did race, power, and history play in what was happening in my hometown?” Ewing’s investigation looks at the development of selective enrollment schools, designed to expand the “choice” within the Chicago Public Schools system, in which students need not attend the schools in their immediate area, but can choose among schools across the city, a model that often puts black families with limited access to transportation, time, and information about schools at a disadvantage. The deeply moving final chapter addresses the Bronzeville community’s sense of mourning in the loss of “institutions, like our schools that have helped shape our sense of who we are.” Ewing’s work, a tribute to students, parents, teachers, and community members, is essential for general readers confronting the issues of “school choice” and school funding, as well as useful for historians of the African-American experience. (Oct.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 07/09/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 28, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ In 2013, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that dozens of Chicago's public schools would be shut down. Eventually 49 neighborhood schools in largely black sections of the Windy City closed, an unprecedented move that sparked immediate backlash. "A fight for a school is never just about a school," Ewing (Univ. of Chicago Sch. of Social Service Administration) notes in her bracing account of that turbulent time, relying on a blend of historical and ethnographic research to show how the closures were only the most recent manifestation of a decades-long pattern of disinvestment by Chicago Public Schools. In one chapter, the author describes how grassroots movements staged effective protests that ultimately led to one community saving their high school from the chopping block. In another, Ewing examines the grieving process that parents, students, and alumni undergo when their institutions are lost. Most important, this book effectively connects school closings in largely African American neighborhoods to the devaluation of black lives in general. VERDICT Ewing's graceful prose enlivens what might otherwise be a depressing topic in this timely, powerful read. Recommended to public, high school, and university libraries. --Seth Kershner (Reviewed 10/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 17, p66)
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Ewing, Eve L
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370.8909773/11
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index present
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LC2803.C4
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E95 2018
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non fiction
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  • Walter H. Dyett High School (Chicago, Ill.)
  • African Americans
  • Racism in education
  • Low-performing schools
  • Public school closings
  • Bronzeville (Chicago, Ill.)
  • African Americans
  • Low-performing schools
  • Public school closings
  • Racism in education
  • Illinois
  • Illinois
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racism and school closings on Chicago's South side
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Ghosts in the schoolyard : racism and school closings on Chicago's South side, Eve L. Ewing
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What a school means -- City of losses -- Dueling realities -- Mourning -- Conclusion: an open door
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1970215
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24 cm
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xiii, 222 pages
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9780226526027
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2018010065
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illustrations, map
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Ghosts in the schoolyard : racism and school closings on Chicago's South side, Eve L. Ewing
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What a school means -- City of losses -- Dueling realities -- Mourning -- Conclusion: an open door
Control code
1970215
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 222 pages
Isbn
9780226526027
Lccn
2018010065
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780226526027
  • (OCoLC)1022775314

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