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 university Preparatory Academy. It was once their activity to persuade filthy rich attendants that faculty Prep, with its principally minority and deprived pupil physique and its surprisingly excessive expense of commencement and school attractiveness, used to be 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 a view to thrive? And are the actors during this drama intentionally taking part in up stereotypes of race and class?
A sturdy Investment? bargains a firsthand glance behind the curtain of the philanthropic method of investment public education—a technique within which social switch in schooling coverage and perform is aligned with social entrepreneurship. the looks of good fortune, fairness, or justice in schooling, Brown argues, may perhaps really serve to keep up stark inequalities and inhibit democracy. Her ebook indicates that types of company or philanthropic charity in schooling can in reality toughen the race and sophistication hierarchies that they purport to alleviate.
As their voices exhibit, the lecturers and scholars at the receiving finish of the sort of procedure could be severely awake and ambivalent members in a school’s racialized advertising and marketing and snapshot 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