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Unequal Educations

Unequal Educations

These books highlight the inequalities & systemic issues in our education system. From K-12 all the way through higher education.

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The Privileged Poor

How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students

By Anthony Abraham Jack
Narrated by: Mirron Willis
Length: 7 hours 40 minutes

Getting in is only half the battle. The Privileged Poor reveals how—and why—disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges, and explains what schools can do differently if these students are to thrive.

The Ivy League looks different than it used to. College presidents and deans of admission have opened their doors—and their coffers—to... Read more »

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Teaching To Transgress

Education as the Practice of Freedom

By bell hooks
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 7 hours 28 minutes

"In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks–writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual–writes about a new kind of education, educations as the practice of freedom. Teaching students to “transgress” against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher’s most important goal. Bell hooks... Read more »

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The New Education

How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World In Flux

By Cathy N. Davidson
Narrated by: Carolyn Cook
Length: 11 hours 1 minutes

A leading educational thinker argues that the American university is stuck in the past -- and shows how we can revolutionize it for our era of constant change

Our current system of higher education dates to the period from 1865 to 1925. It was in those decades that the nation's new universities created grades and departments, majors and minors,... Read more »

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Paying for the Party

How College Maintains Inequality

By Elizabeth A. Armstrong & Laura T. Hamilton
Narrated by: Chloe Cannon
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes

Two young women, dormitory mates, embark on their education at a big state university. Five years later, one is earning a good salary at a prestigious accounting firm. With no loans to repay, she lives in a fashionable apartment with her fiancé. The other woman, saddled with burdensome debt and a low GPA, is still struggling to finish her degree... Read more »

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Despite the Best Intentions

How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools

By John B. Diamond & Amanda E. Lewis
Narrated by: David Sadzin
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes

On the surface, Riverview High School looks like the post-racial ideal. Serving an enviably affluent, diverse, and liberal district, the school is well-funded, its teachers are well-trained, and many of its students are high achieving. Yet Riverview has not escaped the same unrelenting question that plagues schools throughout America: why is it... Read more »

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The Shame of the Nation

The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

By Jonathan Kozol
Narrated by: Robertson Dean
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes

“The nation needs to be confronted with the crime that we’re committing and the promises we are betraying. This is a book about betrayal of the young, who have no power to defend themselves. It is not intended to make readers comfortable.”

Over the past several years, Jonathan Kozol has visited nearly 60 public schools. Virtually everywhere, he... Read more »

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The Shame of the Nation - Abridged

The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

By Jonathan Kozol
Narrated by: Harry Chase
Length: 5 hours 36 minutes

“The nation needs to be confronted with the crime that we’re committing and the promises we are betraying. This is a book about betrayal of the young, who have no power to defend themselves. It is not intended to make readers comfortable.”

Over the past several years, Jonathan Kozol has visited nearly 60 public schools. Virtually everywhere, he... Read more »

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Savage Inequalities

Children in America's Schools

By Jonathan Kozol
Narrated by: Mark Winston
Length: 8 hours 43 minutes

For two years, beginning in 1988, Jonathan Kozol visited schools in neighborhoods across the country, from Illinois to Washington D.C., and from New York to San Antonio. He spoke with teachers, principals, superintendents, and, most important, children. What he found was devastating. Not only were schools for rich and poor blatantly unequal, the...

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Pedagogy of the Oppressed

50th Anniversary Edition

By Paulo Freire
Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
Length: 7 hours 41 minutes

First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. Paulo Freire's work has helped to empower countless people throughout the world and has taken on special urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and... Read more »

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Paying the Price

College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream

By Sara Goldrick-Rab
Narrated by: Vanessa Daniels
Length: 9 hours 46 minutes

If you are a young person, and you work hard enough, you can get a college degree and set yourself on the path to a good life, right? Not necessarily, says Sara Goldrick-Rab, and with Paying the Price, she shows in damning detail exactly why.

Drawing on an unprecedented study of 3,000 young adults who entered public colleges and universities in... Read more »

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Lower Ed

The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy

By Tressie McMillan Cottom
Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
Length: 8 hours 29 minutes

More than two million students are enrolled in for-profit colleges, from the small family-run operations to the behemoths brandished on billboards, subway ads, and late-night commercials. These schools have been around just as long as their bucolic not-for-profit counterparts, yet shockingly little is known about why they have expanded so... Read more »

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