While we are frequently told that school integration was a social experiment doomed from the start, Johnson demonstrates in his new book that it was, in fact, a spectacular achievement. Drawing on longitudinal studies going back to the 1960s, he shows that students who attended integrated and well-funded schools were more successful in life than those who did not—and this held true for children of all races. Yet as a society we have given up on integration—since integration’s high point in 1988, we have regressed and segregation now prevails again. Contending that integrated, well-funded schools are the primary engine of social mobility, Children of the Dream offers a radical new take on social policy.
What: Rucker Johnson will present findings from his new book “Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works” followed by an insightful dialogue with Chris Edley, Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Berkeley and Prudence Carter, Dean Graduate School of Education.
When: Friday, April 26th from 12:00-1:30 pm
Where: David Bower Center, Goldman Theater, 2150 Alston Way, Berkeley
Sponsors: Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Goldman School of Public Policy, and Graduate School of Education