By Amy Brown
Select scholars and academics labored the room at a fundraising occasion for a brand new York urban public highschool Amy Brown calls collage Preparatory Academy. It used to be their task to persuade prosperous attendants that school Prep, with its principally minority and deprived pupil physique and its surprisingly excessive fee of commencement and school popularity, was once a worthwhile funding. To this finish, scholars and academics attempted to appear needy and deserving, hoping to make supporters consider beneficiant, vital, and never threatened. How a lot, Brown asks, does festival for financing in city public faculties depend upon advertising and perpetuating poverty with the intention to thrive? And are the actors during this drama intentionally enjoying up stereotypes of race and class?
A solid Investment? bargains a firsthand glance backstage of the philanthropic method of investment public education—a strategy within which social switch in schooling coverage and perform is aligned with social entrepreneurship. the looks of luck, fairness, or justice in schooling, Brown argues, could really serve to take care of stark inequalities and inhibit democracy. Her ebook indicates that versions of company or philanthropic charity in schooling can actually make stronger the race and sophistication hierarchies that they purport to alleviate.
As their voices show, the academics and scholars at the receiving finish of any such method will be significantly awake and ambivalent contributors in a school’s racialized advertising and snapshot administration. well timed and provocative, this nuanced paintings exposes the unintentional results of an schooling industry the place charity masquerades as justice.
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A Good Investment?: Philanthropy and the Marketing of Race in an Urban Public School by Amy Brown