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This text is a concise history of Anglo American racism and school policies affecting dominated groups in the United States. It focuses on the educational, legal, and social construction of race and racism, and on educational practices related to deculturalization, segregation, and the civil rights movement. Spring emphasizes issues of power and control in schools and show This text is a concise history of Anglo American racism and school policies affecting dominated groups in the United States. It focuses on the educational, legal, and social construction of race and racism, and on educational practices related to deculturalization, segregation, and the civil rights movement. Spring emphasizes issues of power and control in schools and shows how the dominant Anglo class has stripped away the culture of minority peoples in the U.S. and replaced it with the dominant culture. In the process, he gives voice to the often-overlooked perspectives of African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and Native Americans. An understanding of these historical perspectives and how they impact current conditions and policies is critical to teacher's success or failure in today's diverse classrooms.


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This text is a concise history of Anglo American racism and school policies affecting dominated groups in the United States. It focuses on the educational, legal, and social construction of race and racism, and on educational practices related to deculturalization, segregation, and the civil rights movement. Spring emphasizes issues of power and control in schools and show This text is a concise history of Anglo American racism and school policies affecting dominated groups in the United States. It focuses on the educational, legal, and social construction of race and racism, and on educational practices related to deculturalization, segregation, and the civil rights movement. Spring emphasizes issues of power and control in schools and shows how the dominant Anglo class has stripped away the culture of minority peoples in the U.S. and replaced it with the dominant culture. In the process, he gives voice to the often-overlooked perspectives of African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and Native Americans. An understanding of these historical perspectives and how they impact current conditions and policies is critical to teacher's success or failure in today's diverse classrooms.

30 review for Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Martinez

    Spring presents a very brief history of oppression in the United States that's neither complete nor flawless. Spring presents a very brief history of oppression in the United States that's neither complete nor flawless.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    In the first chapter, the author was very one-sided and angry. He is Native American, so I understand his aggression. If I did not have to read this for a class, I would have put it down after a few pages because the author is deliberately slanted. In the second chapter, Spring calms down, and the book moves along very well. He deftly covers the subject of forced assimilation and deculturization on non-white cultures since the 1700's. It is not the definitive word on this type of treatment becau In the first chapter, the author was very one-sided and angry. He is Native American, so I understand his aggression. If I did not have to read this for a class, I would have put it down after a few pages because the author is deliberately slanted. In the second chapter, Spring calms down, and the book moves along very well. He deftly covers the subject of forced assimilation and deculturization on non-white cultures since the 1700's. It is not the definitive word on this type of treatment because I believe every story has 2 sides, but it is definitely worth reading. There were many things I was unaware of before I read this book. This book is relevant because of our current situation with illegal immigrants. It may just change a few opinions.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    The book was full of relevant information, but the content was disorganized at times. Some supporting facts had little to do with the topic of the paragraph, at other times content from several pages early was written again. Most of all, it felt like Spring was in a place to write the history of the Native Americans but was guessing at other areas of the book. Oh, and a personal pet peeve, Wikipedia should never be used as a source in an informational text of this level. Take the time to find a The book was full of relevant information, but the content was disorganized at times. Some supporting facts had little to do with the topic of the paragraph, at other times content from several pages early was written again. Most of all, it felt like Spring was in a place to write the history of the Native Americans but was guessing at other areas of the book. Oh, and a personal pet peeve, Wikipedia should never be used as a source in an informational text of this level. Take the time to find a reliable source or don't include the information.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Bourassa

    At times, I felt like Spring was beating a dead horse (pardon the dubiously appropriate idiom) in detailing the ways in which minority groups have suffered discrimination in US education, but I did learn some new information about the subject. It's a decent introduction to anyone who isn't very familiar with the subject. At times, I felt like Spring was beating a dead horse (pardon the dubiously appropriate idiom) in detailing the ways in which minority groups have suffered discrimination in US education, but I did learn some new information about the subject. It's a decent introduction to anyone who isn't very familiar with the subject.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    This book studies only three cultures dominated through educational policies of the US - Native Americans, Puerto Ricans, and African-Americans. Fantasticlly educational read, if not quite an encompassing perspective. Spring shines when talking about his own culture in particular. I'm glad I read this, yet I feel enlightened and ashamed at the same time. This book studies only three cultures dominated through educational policies of the US - Native Americans, Puerto Ricans, and African-Americans. Fantasticlly educational read, if not quite an encompassing perspective. Spring shines when talking about his own culture in particular. I'm glad I read this, yet I feel enlightened and ashamed at the same time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pete

    Spring and Zinn are kindred spirits, I believe.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    I think this book provides an insightful and lucid look at how schools have attempted to replace minority cultures and languages with those of the dominant culture. Spring's book is a must read for understanding historical and current flashpoint issues in schooling. Spring's illuminating discussion of how 21st century corporate culture is a dominant culture itself and how today’s education policies are designed to prepare all students to fit into it. Perhaps the premise of his book is that white I think this book provides an insightful and lucid look at how schools have attempted to replace minority cultures and languages with those of the dominant culture. Spring's book is a must read for understanding historical and current flashpoint issues in schooling. Spring's illuminating discussion of how 21st century corporate culture is a dominant culture itself and how today’s education policies are designed to prepare all students to fit into it. Perhaps the premise of his book is that white Anglo-Saxon Protestants have systematically denied educational access to ethnic minorities in order to establish and perpetuate their own system of privilege. The book covers historical injustices against several minority groups: Asian-Americans, Hispanic Americans, and others. This book gives a very different look at the history of minorities in the United States than perhaps many have heard in school or elsewhere. The content is easy to read and is not too saturated with statistics to understand. I would recommend this book to anyone who may be going to work in the education system.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I enjoyed this book. The author gives a brief telling of the history of deculturalization education policies in relation to a few of the major non-white groups in the United States. It's interesting and straightforward, though perhaps not as exhaustive as some readers might hope. I would recommend it if you're interested in the topic of how education is used as a tool to bolster and maintain dominant culture in this country. I enjoyed this book. The author gives a brief telling of the history of deculturalization education policies in relation to a few of the major non-white groups in the United States. It's interesting and straightforward, though perhaps not as exhaustive as some readers might hope. I would recommend it if you're interested in the topic of how education is used as a tool to bolster and maintain dominant culture in this country.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Hopkins

    Rethink what you think you know Great overview of the history of deculturalization and segregation in American education and the policies that allowed it or shifted it. Interesting perspectives on recent educational policies.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anna Cross

    This book is essential to understanding the history of education in the United States. This book and the topics are heavy but important to read and understand the history of the American education system for various ethic and racial groups.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Grace Johnson

    Very eye-opening and thought-provoking. However Spring had a very angry tone and was quite biased. Still worth a read especially if going into education. I only wish the chapters were shorter and his thoughts more organized.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Misra

    A must-read for any educator. We have to know how we got here in order to move forward.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Heck

    Often overly repetitive, but very informative and eye-opening.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    read it for a grad school course, but it was very interesting and full of quality information. not what I'd call a fun read, but very informative. I learned a lot read it for a grad school course, but it was very interesting and full of quality information. not what I'd call a fun read, but very informative. I learned a lot

  15. 4 out of 5

    John Garcia- Landry

    I highly recommend this book for many different reasons. I was hesitant to read this book as it was required for a university class. I am glad that I read this book. This book is very interesting and well-written.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patrice

    This book details how American education has been used as a tool of oppression and subjugation and for the cultural and linguistic genocide of minority groups in the United States, specifically for African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans (Mexican and Puerto Rican).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is very deep and powerful. It talks about the history of Native Americans, African Americans, Mexicans, and Asians and how the english settlers worked to deculturalize these races and commit cultural genocide.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Minority groups' struggle in the United States and their fight for equal educational opportunities. Interesting, but this book was "brief," especially when it discussed the educational history. It was more of a minority history of the United States book than one pertaining to education. Minority groups' struggle in the United States and their fight for equal educational opportunities. Interesting, but this book was "brief," especially when it discussed the educational history. It was more of a minority history of the United States book than one pertaining to education.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rose Sybrant

    Reading this book for Diversity in Education! It's very interesting so far. Reading this book for Diversity in Education! It's very interesting so far.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy Louise

    Somehow both dry and thought-provoking. Not comprehensive (as its title suggests), but still eye-opening.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    He didn't really say anything. It was like reading a high school history textbook. He didn't really say anything. It was like reading a high school history textbook.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Zach Rasey

    Basically a rehash of work found in "The American School A global Context" The last chapter is important in the 8th edition, tho. It is easy to read and I would recommend to pre-service teachers. Basically a rehash of work found in "The American School A global Context" The last chapter is important in the 8th edition, tho. It is easy to read and I would recommend to pre-service teachers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  24. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrenise Gibson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Geoff German

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  28. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Kilcommons

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sierra

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