Leaving Children Behind: Urban Education, Class Politics, and the Machines of Transnational Capitalism

  • Dennis Carlson


In what follows, I want to explore the basis for telling a different kind of story about urban school reform, one that is less hopeful in a naïve sense, but that nevertheless does not abandon hope altogether. The hope is that an honest appraisal of what I call the machines of urban schooling can lead to a new democratic counter-hegemonic movement in American education and public life that offers a new "commonsense," a new way of "thinking" about the urban school crisis and responding to it. I focus on telling the story of a project in democratic educational renewal in a high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, with which I was involved in the mid-1990s as part of a school-college collaborative.