Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education by Noliwe Rooks
A book that is timely and beneficial in the conversation about public education, CUTTING SCHOOL is a much read …….
I grew up I believe during just the right time in America and the state of Mississippi. I benefited from a good public education and though I decided myself not to pursue higher education there were options that were definitely available to me. So much has changed since then, and due to those changes—which have not been for the better—a book like CUTTING SCHOOL is not just timely but needed.
In the book Noliwe Rooks outlines what has happened to Public School, how those who attend it have been in missing out on the benefits of a quality education and more importantly how it takes all of us to be a part of the solution. As Noliwe points out, so many times we want to lay the blame at the feet of the teachers, but they are not the ones making the decisions. That is why it is so important that the interest of the students and their community are considered—and individuals are given the opportunity to thrive and not punished for wanting better education for themselves and their loved ones.
There are parts of this book that show how much work there is still left to do when it comes to leveling the playing field when it comes to quality education, but what I feel good about is that there are individuals like Noliwe Rooks that are helping to sound the alarm and remind of us the consequences of doing nothing.
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