By Amy Brown
Select scholars and lecturers labored the room at a fundraising occasion for a brand new York urban public highschool Amy Brown calls university Preparatory Academy. It was once their activity to persuade filthy rich attendants that school Prep, with its mostly minority and deprived pupil physique and its strangely excessive fee of commencement and faculty reputation, was once a valuable funding. To this finish, scholars and academics attempted to appear needy and deserving, hoping to make supporters suppose beneficiant, vital, and never threatened. How a lot, Brown asks, does festival for financing in city public colleges rely on advertising and perpetuating poverty to be able to thrive? And are the actors during this drama intentionally enjoying up stereotypes of race and class?
A reliable Investment? bargains a firsthand glance behind the curtain of the philanthropic method of investment public education—a strategy within which social swap in schooling coverage and perform is aligned with social entrepreneurship. the looks of luck, fairness, or justice in schooling, Brown argues, may possibly truly serve to take care of stark inequalities and inhibit democracy. Her ebook exhibits that versions of company or philanthropic charity in schooling can actually strengthen the race and sophistication hierarchies that they purport to alleviate.
As their voices demonstrate, the academics and scholars at the receiving finish of one of these process may be significantly wide awake and ambivalent members in a school’s racialized advertising and photograph administration. well timed and provocative, this nuanced paintings exposes the unintentional effects 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