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Winner, 2016 Best Authored Book presented by the Society for Research on Adolescence Diverse case studies on how youth build political power during an era of racial and educational inequality in America This is what democracy looks like: Youth organizers in Colorado negotiate new school discipline policies to end the school to jail track. Latino and African American stud Winner, 2016 Best Authored Book presented by the Society for Research on Adolescence Diverse case studies on how youth build political power during an era of racial and educational inequality in America This is what democracy looks like: Youth organizers in Colorado negotiate new school discipline policies to end the school to jail track. Latino and African American students march to district headquarters to protest high school closure. Young immigration rights activists persuade state legislators to pass a bill to make in-state tuition available to undocumented state residents. Students in an ESL class collect survey data revealing the prevalence of racism and xenophobia. These examples, based on ten years of research by youth development scholar Ben Kirshner, show young people building political power during an era of racial inequality, diminished educational opportunity, and an atrophied public square. The book's case studies analyze what these experiences mean for young people and why they are good for democracy. What is youth activism and how does it contribute to youth development? How might collective movements of young people expand educational opportunity and participatory democracy? The interdependent relationship between youths' political engagement, their personal development, and democratic renewal is the central focus of this book. Kirshner argues that youth and societal institutions are strengthened when young people, particularly those most disadvantaged by educational inequity, turn their critical gaze to education systems and participate in efforts to improve them.


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Winner, 2016 Best Authored Book presented by the Society for Research on Adolescence Diverse case studies on how youth build political power during an era of racial and educational inequality in America This is what democracy looks like: Youth organizers in Colorado negotiate new school discipline policies to end the school to jail track. Latino and African American stud Winner, 2016 Best Authored Book presented by the Society for Research on Adolescence Diverse case studies on how youth build political power during an era of racial and educational inequality in America This is what democracy looks like: Youth organizers in Colorado negotiate new school discipline policies to end the school to jail track. Latino and African American students march to district headquarters to protest high school closure. Young immigration rights activists persuade state legislators to pass a bill to make in-state tuition available to undocumented state residents. Students in an ESL class collect survey data revealing the prevalence of racism and xenophobia. These examples, based on ten years of research by youth development scholar Ben Kirshner, show young people building political power during an era of racial inequality, diminished educational opportunity, and an atrophied public square. The book's case studies analyze what these experiences mean for young people and why they are good for democracy. What is youth activism and how does it contribute to youth development? How might collective movements of young people expand educational opportunity and participatory democracy? The interdependent relationship between youths' political engagement, their personal development, and democratic renewal is the central focus of this book. Kirshner argues that youth and societal institutions are strengthened when young people, particularly those most disadvantaged by educational inequity, turn their critical gaze to education systems and participate in efforts to improve them.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Robin Brandehoff

    Actually read: The Changing Landscape of Youth Work: Theory and Practice for an Evolving Field (Adolescence and Education), but it's not on GoodReads. Actually read: The Changing Landscape of Youth Work: Theory and Practice for an Evolving Field (Adolescence and Education), but it's not on GoodReads.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality, by Ben Kirshner is an interesting and illuminating, if occasionally dry book. It tells the stories of several youth led initiatives and groups that have succeeded in making change. He also tells about some of is own ideas and curricula in a manner that seems surprisingly unbiased. In the book, there is a detailed analysis of the question of how youth led an organization should be. This is one of several issues that he explores by comparing and co Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality, by Ben Kirshner is an interesting and illuminating, if occasionally dry book. It tells the stories of several youth led initiatives and groups that have succeeded in making change. He also tells about some of is own ideas and curricula in a manner that seems surprisingly unbiased. In the book, there is a detailed analysis of the question of how youth led an organization should be. This is one of several issues that he explores by comparing and contrasting different groups. Overall, I believe that the book is worth reading. Although not revelatory, it makes good points and illuminates many issues regarding youth leadership.

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