How Suburban Schools Are Struggling with Low-Income Students and Students of Color in Their Schools
Preface. Why a Book About Suburban Schools?
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I graduated from a suburban New Jersey high school in 1989. My graduation class of 350 students was overwhelmingly white. When I went back in 2002 to attend my younger sister’s graduation, the graduating class looked different. There were still white students, but the arena where the ceremony was held was filled with people of color. As the names were read and the graduates crossed the stage, I was struck by how the student body had changed. There were so many Latino/Latina, South Asian, and African American students that whites were no longer the majority. My parents said that the town had changed as well.
I had not lived in the suburbs since I finished high school, so I was surprised to see diversity there. Like many of my peers, I was disenchanted with suburban homogeneity, predictability, and quiet. I wanted to be around diversity and activity and to be able to walk where I wanted to go. In the fall of 1989, I left for college in upstate New York, and by 1993 I was living in New York City. I never imagined going back. I also never imagined that the suburbs would change as dramatically as they had.
My parents and grandparents had the opposite experience. Growing up and living in Newark, New Jersey, for much of their lives, their stories could have been set in a Philip Roth novel. They left the city as soon as it started to diversify racially. Like so...
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