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New Rosiek book examines 'Resegregation as Curriculum'

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Jerry Rosiek, associate professor of education studies, recently published a new book with co-author, Kathy Kinslow.

Resegregation as Curriculum: The Meaning of the New Segregation in U.S. Public Schools is based on a ten-year study of a school that had its 30-year desegregation order lifted. Rosiek and Kinslow document the way the district restructured their previously integrated schools to create an all-black high school. They document how children in those schools interpreted the new schooling arrangement, what it taught them about themselves, their value to the community, and the hope for racial justice in our society.

Rather than look at decontextualized statistics about the effects of school resegregation on test scores and graduation rates, Rosiek and Kinslow zoom in and provide an emotionally jarring portrait of the impact of school resegregation on the minds and hearts of children. These impacts include experiences of isolation, disappointment, despair, and resentment, as well as inspiring incisive critique and organized resistance. Since schools are resegregating all across the country, it is reasonable to conclude that students throughout the nation are having similar experiences.

Rosiek's areas of teaching and research include qualitative research and the cultural foundations of education. His scholarship is focused on developing a set of concepts and research practices that can document what educators need to know in order to support students in a socially stratified schooling system.

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