The connections between poverty discourse and educational reform: When did “Reform” become synonymous with inattention?

  title={The connections between poverty discourse and educational reform: When did “Reform” become synonymous with inattention?},
  author={Robert P. Engvall},
  journal={The Urban Review},
  • R. Engvall
  • Published 1 June 1996
  • Economics
  • The Urban Review
This article presents the view that genuine educational reform is impossible in today's political, social, and economic climte. This climate is assessed through a review of how we got to where we are, including the lasting influence of the Reagan and Bush administration's celebration of individualism, the consequent growth in poverty, the prevailing view that “the past was better than the present,” and the accompanying realities that have led to a devaluation of education and parenting in favor… 
Who Deserves Good Schools? Cultural Categories of Worth and School Finance Reform
From the standpoint of the existing literature on cultural categories of worthiness or deservingness, school funding equalization presents a paradox: why has a reform targeted at morally deserving
Politicisation of the Australian public service: Social and environmental issues
The expectation that the Australian Public Service (APS) is an ethical, values-driven institution providing impartial advice to ministers while acting in the public interest is enduring, and under a
Disrupted but Not Destroyed: Fictive-Kinship Networks among Black Educators in Post-Katrina New Orleans
Drawing on Adkins’ (1997) notion of reform as colonization and using ethnographic data from African American teachers in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, this article discusses how black


Poverty and Education
In this article, R. W. Connell reexamines the schooling of children in poverty in several industrial countries. He suggests that major rethinking is due that draws on two assets that have not been
The Greatest of Evils: Urban Poverty and the American Underclass
This volume, develops three principal themes. First, poverty is not monolithic; secondly, the so-called underclass within the poverty population represents a new and corrosive development; and,
The Other America. Poverty in the United States
Professor Morgan might be called an institutionalist in reverse. Instead of portraying institutions as the determinants of the present state of affairs, he begins with the economic problems of labor
The New American Poverty
SPEECH The New American Poverty* Michael Harrington** Poverty in America is an issue with growing visibility. Both its gravity and the attention focused on it will increase during this decade. True,
The Dimensions of Excellence in Programs Preparing Teachers for Urban Poverty Schools.
Schools that serve children and youth in poverty are getting worse, not better. This reflects societal conditions such as poverty, violence, racism, and various forms of child abuse. Schools
Living with Leviathan: Americans Coming to Terms with Big Government
Big Brother just gets bigger. Are we worried? Distrust of a strong central government has been a recurrent theme in our political culture, from the Antifederalists through the Bush administration.
Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980
* Prologue A Generous Revolution * The Kennedy Transition * The System Is to Blame * Implementing the Elite Wisdom Being Poor, Being Black: 19501980 * Poverty * Employment * Wages and Occupations *
Looking back on the Reagan presidency
Now that the front page belongs to George Bush, what are analysts saying about Ronald Reagan? And how will the Reagan legacy shape policy and politics into the next century? "Looking Back on the
Why Americans Hate Politics
One of our shrewdest political observers traces thirty years of volatile political history and finds that on point after point, liberals and conservatives are framing issues as a series of "false