Curriculum, Community, and Urban School Reform by B. Franklin

By B. Franklin

This e-book asserts that efforts to reform colleges, really city colleges, are occasions that engender a number of matters and conflicts which have been interpreted in the course of the conceptual lens of group.

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The UFT had a strong commitment to civil rights and equal educational opportunity. Yet, it was a belief rooted in the race blind and meritocratic outlook of American liberalism and the labor movement. 18 The latter issue posed dilemmas for the union as it sought to convert skeptics to its approach. 19 To help garner that support, the union established a Citizens’ Committee for Effective Schools headed by civil rights leader and AFLCIO vice president, A. 20 In April of 1964, School Superintendent Calvin Gross agreed to use the UFT proposal as the starting point for discussions to finalize a plan.

He argues that there is today all sorts of evidence pointing to the success of African Americans including the growth of a Black middle class and increasing Black access to higher education and political power. At the same time, he notes, there is a growing Black underclass, an expanding incarceration rate among Black males, and an ever growing population of economically distressed single parent families. It is a contradiction best seen in the rising prominence of Black Americans like Colin Powell and Condeleezza Rice while at the same time witnessing devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina on much of New Orleans’ Black population.

Contemporary African Americans, he goes on to say, are too quick to embrace the language of Black Nationalism and the tactics of mass protests to combat the problems that they face today. Doing so, he notes, falsely assumes that this ideology is as relevant to the present moment as it was in the past. 95 What is called for on the part of contemporary African Americas, according to Glaude, is a more democratic and participatory political strategy that seeks a Black public much like the public that Dewey sought.

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