Altered Destinies

Making Life Better for Schoolchildren in Need

Gene I. Maeroff

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

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In Altered Destinies, Gene Maeroff poses important questions about what is needed to equalize the tremendous imbalance between the education received by middle to upper class children and the education received by lower class children. He argues that, in addition to greater financial investment in their schools, lower class children must possess a strong support system--what he refers to as "social capital"--which emphasizes four areas: a sense of connectedness, a sense of well-being, a sense of academic initiative, and a sense of knowing. Maeroff builds a compelling case for how and why the concept of social capital will make a difference in the effort to improve opportunities for disadvantaged schoolchildren.

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"With an astute analysis of what is missing in so many children’s lives, and examples of programs, schools, and communities that have found ways to meet the basic needs he outlines, Gene Maeroff clearly shows how we can ensure no child is left behind." --Marion Wright Edelman, President, The Children’s Defense Fund

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Gene I. Maeroff

Gene I. Maeroff is Director of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also the author of The School Smart Parent. He lives in Princeton, NJ.

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Altered Destinies
Making Life Better for Schoolchildren in Need
Gene I. Maeroff

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
April 1999
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312220808
ISBN10: 0312220804
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 228 pages
$18.95
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