Joyce E. King, editor, Educational Research Association???s Commission on Research in Black Education, 2005

This 440-pager may leave you puzzled and frustrated. Six years in the making, it comes to no coherent conclusions and the twenty essays in this volume follow their own trajectories, some of them interesting and worthwhile (e.g. Linda Darling-Hammond on U.S. school reform and black students), some so esoteric and fantastical as to leave this reader cold. Much of it is lofty, jargon-riddled, and theoretical. Much is about black people in Africa and other lands. Much shares in the dual hazards of post-modernism and Afro-centrism. I cannot recommend it but you might want to know about it. Learn more here.

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