Wednesday, August 23, 2023

#BookReview: Punished for Dreaming by @BLoveSoulPower @StMartinsPress

Synopsis: “I am an eighties baby who grew to hate school. I never fully understood why. Until now. Until Bettina Love unapologetically and painstakingly chronicled the last forty years of education ‘reform’ in this landmark book. I hated school because it warred on me. I hated school because I loved to dream.”
―Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to be an Antiracist

In the tradition of Michelle Alexander, an unflinching reckoning with the impact of 40 years of racist public school policy on generations of Black lives

In Punished for Dreaming Dr. Bettina Love argues forcefully that Reagan’s presidency ushered in a War on Black Children, pathologizing and penalizing them in concert with the War on Drugs. New policies punished schools with policing, closure, and loss of funding in the name of reform, as white savior, egalitarian efforts increasingly allowed private interests to infiltrate the system. These changes implicated children of color, and Black children in particular, as low performing, making it all too easy to turn a blind eye to their disproportionate conviction and incarceration. Today, there is little national conversation about a structural overhaul of American schools; cosmetic changes, rooted in anti-Blackness, are now passed off as justice.

It is time to put a price tag on the miseducation of Black children. In this prequel to The New Jim Crow , Dr. Love serves up a blistering account of four decades of educational reform through the lens of the people who lived it. Punished for Dreaming lays bare the devastating effect on 25 Black Americans caught in the intersection of economic gain and racist ideology. Then, with input from leading U.S. economists , Dr. Love offers a road map for repair, arguing for reparations with transformation for all children at its core.

This title will be released on September 12, 2023.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: Thanks to St. Martins Press for sending a copy of this to the shop I work for. Inklings Book Shoppe, one of my reviewers could not wait to get their hands on this one. This I would say is a must read for anyone within the education field. Racism is such a situation in our time period that even with all the acceptance we have today. We still have so much ideology and denying children the education they deserve.  This is a hard hitting book that all much read. 


Advance Praise for Punished for Dreaming

"A stark critique of 40 years of education policies that were deliberately crafted ‘to punish Black people for believing in and fighting for their right to quality public education.’ … An impassioned plea for educational justice.” 
Kirkus Reviews 

“A landmark book.” 
―Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to be an Antiracist

―Carol Anderson, bestselling author of White Rage

"Love is one of our fiercest advocates."
―Michael Eric Dyson, bestselling author

"An urgent call to action." 
―Salamishah Tillet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"Blends brilliance, warmth, and a deep commitment to the pursuit of justice for all our nation’s children." 
―Brittney Cooper, bestselling author of Eloquent Rage

"Accessible and deeply personal...Love's interviews with Black folks... add a tenderness and intimacy." 
―Eve L. Ewing, author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard

"Love brilliantly exposes how the promise of education as a means to lift all boats and right historical wrongs is coopted by politics, strategies, euphemisms, and implicit biases that surveil and control children of color under the guise of teaching them. This is an urgent, often surprising, ultimately must-read book for anyone concerned with the pedagogy in and of our nation."
―Jonathan Metzl, author of Dying of Whiteness

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Dr. Bettina L. Love is the William F. Russell Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and the bestselling author of We Want To Do More Than Survive. In 2022, the Kennedy Center named Dr. Love one of the Next 50 Leaders making the world more inspired, inclusive, and compassionate. She is a co-founder of the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN), whose mission is to develop and support teachers and parents fighting injustice within their schools and communities, having granted over $250,000 to abolitionists around the country. She is also a founding member of the Task Force that launched the program In Her Hands, distributing more than $15 million to Black women living in Georgia. In Her Hands is one of the largest guaranteed income pilot programs in the U.S. Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including abolitionist teaching, anti-racism, Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, educational reparations, and art-based education to foster youth civic engagement. In 2018, she was granted a resolution by Georgia's House of Representatives for her impact on the field of education.  --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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