They Skool: The Anti-Urban Bias In Urban Education

In Public Programs on March 4, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , , ,

Please join us for a provocative lecture by esteemed education scholar Ron Scapp of College of Mount Saint Vincent.


Hirshon Suite, 55 West 13th, 2nd Fl

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

Urban educators and students face a constellation of known challenges, but they also teach and learn under circumstances that are informed and influenced by a less acknowledged “anti-urban bias” that pervades school systems across the country. Cultural critic Ron Scapp will focus on the New York City school system to argue that even some advocates of urban public schooling – including many self-identified education reformers, the Department of Education and even the United Federation of Teachers – play into this dynamic. Scapp will provide a theoretical and historical context for this bias and then make some connections to a number of initiatives and behaviors that result from this problematic understanding and conceptualization of things “urban.” In formally identifying this bias, Scapp’s research begins an important dialogue to define this pervasive bias and to understand the needs in urban education that persist unmet because of it.

**This event is open to the public, and we encourage you to share this information with fellow colleagues, friends, and associates.**

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