Even before the 2005 «Disaster in the Delta» – as the devastation and loss wrought by the category-three hurricane known as Katrina came to be known – statistics emerged about the aggressive educational neglect of Louisiana’s African American schoolchildren. The harrowing data about the inadequacies being as racialized as the distribution of aid in the storm’s aftermath are chilling indeed. Yet, they have not dissuaded the more than thirty contributors to this volume from viewing Hurricane Katrina as an opportunity and a challenge to transform schools and society for the good of the entire United States. Divided into three sections («Education and School Contexts,» «Preparing Professionals for the Possible,» and «The Social Dynamics of Education Reform»), the seventeen chapters of
The Children Hurricane Katrina Left Behind discuss what is essential for rebuilding urban schools in New Orleans as well as the nation, engaging the nuanced nexus of social events and educational policy (e.g., No Child Left Behind) as it relates to the preparation of professional educators and the future of America’s schools. As Linda Darling-Hammond notes in her Foreword, each chapter speaks «powerfully and poignantly to [centuries of educational neglect and failed social policies] and to what we can and must do about it.»
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. XX, 226 pp.
Contents: Linda Darling-Hammond: Countering Aggressive Neglect: Creating a Transformative Educational Agenda in the Wake of
Katrina – Kassie Freeman: Crossing the Waters: Katrina and the Other Great Migration - Lessons for African American K-12 Students’
Education – Gloria Ladson-Billings: Now They’re Wet: Hurricane Katrina as Metaphor for Social and Educational Neglect – Jacqueline
Jordan Irvine: What Hurricane Katrina Uncovered About Schooling in America – Jacqueline Leonard: Hurricane Katrina: Catastrophe
or Opportunity? – Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher/Vernon C. Polite: Still Waters Run Deep: Cracks in the Educational Pipeline for
African American Students Post-Huricane Katrina – M. Christopher Brown II/T. Elon Dancy II/James Earl Davis: Drowning Beneath
the Rising Tide: The Common Plight of Public Schools, Disadvantaged Students, and African American Males – Vivian L. Gadsden/Susan
Fuhrman: Reflections on Educational Equity in Post-Katrina New Orleans – Ira Lit/Jon Snyder: Disastrous Opportunity – M. Jayne
Fleener/Jerry Willis/Sister Judith Brun/Kristy Hebert: Post-Katrina Educational Contexts: Breaking the Rules – Linda Schaak
Distad: Leadership for the New Normal – P. Rudy Mattai/Jacqueline M. Williams: Benign Neglect or Deliberate Exclusion? Lessons
Learned from Hurricane Katrina – Pamela K. Smith/Pat Williams-Boyd: For They Are Us: «Tools» for a Post-Katrina Curriculum
and Community – Sharon Porter Robinson/Penny Engel: Creating World-Class Teachers: Prospects for Katrina Recovery and Beyond
– Arthur E. Levine: Tikkun Olam – Dianne Smith: Wastebasket Kids and Katrina: Reflections From a «Jim Crow» Child – Mary Hatwood
Futrell: Can You Hear Me Now? Transforming Today’s Challenges to Position America for the Future – Arthur E. Wise/Jane A.
Leibbrand: A Continuing Katrina for At-Risk Children: How We Can Make It Right – Lynn Huntley: Children Drowning in Our Tears.