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Poverty & Social Policy Seminar: "Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works"

  • Columbia University 1255 Amsterdam Ave, C03 New York United States (map)

The Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University invites you to a Poverty & Social Policy Seminar with Rucker Johnson, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. Professor Johnson will discuss his newly released book, Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works.

DATE: Thursday, April 18th
TIME: 12:00 to 1:30 pm
LOCATION: Columbia School of Social Work
1255 Amsterdam Avenue, Room C03
New York, NY 10027
Light lunch will be provided.

About Rucker Johnson
Rucker Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  As a labor economist who specializes in the economics of education, Johnson’s work considers the role of poverty and inequality in affecting life chances.

About the Book
We are frequently told that school integration was a social experiment doomed from the start. But as Rucker C. Johnson demonstrates in Children of the Dream, 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 the high point of integration in 1988, we have regressed and segregation again prevails. 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. It is essential reading in our divided times. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.