Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education

Noliwe Rooks and Diane Ravitch (Forward)


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A “powerful analysis of racism, segregation, poverty” (Diane Ravitch) and a timely indictment of the privatization—and profitability—of separate and unequal schools

An astounding look at America’s segregated school system, weaving together historical dynamics of race, class, and growing inequality into one concise and commanding story. Cutting School puts our schools at the center of the fight for a new commons.”

Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough and This Changes Everything

In an era characterized by levels of school segregation the country has not seen since the mid-twentieth century, cultural critic and American studies professor Noliwe Rooks provides a trenchant analysis of our separate and unequal schools and argues that profiting from our nation’s failure to provide a high-quality education to all children has become a very big business.

Hailed as “a bold and groundbreaking work” by Danny Glover, Cutting School deftly traces the financing of segregated education in America, from Reconstruction through Brown v. Board of Education up to the current controversies around school choice, teacher quality, the school-to-prison pipeline, and more. Rooks breaks down the fraught landscape of “segrenomics,” transforming the “conversation about privatization and public education just as The New Jim Crow has done for the war on drugs and mass incarceration” (Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of The Condemnation of Blackness).

As our public education infrastructure crumbles, Rooks’s book manages to find hope in the inspired individuals and powerful movements fighting to save our urban schools. Cutting School is a cri de coeur for all of us to resist educational apartheid.

ISBN 9781620975985
List price $18.99
Publisher The New Press
Year of publication 2020
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