The unfulfilled dream of an equitable education in America
Prudence L. Carter, BSc Brown, MA 95'TC, PhD 99'GSAS
E.H. and Mary E. Pardee Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley
It is an annual ritual for students around the country to read and recite Martin Luther King Jr.'s eloquent speeches and calls for social justice. But throughout his career and until his death in 1968, one would be hardpressed to find much about schools and education.
"Separate But Equal" was ruled illegal by the Supreme Court in 1954 so perhaps there were more pressing matters at that time. But while King's message inevitably transformed throughout his years from the struggle for decency to calls for genuine equality including education, the endemic racism was transforming too; parents separating their children from those of color one way or another. And one way or another, the minority students have continued to remain disenfranchised by what some sociologists call opportunity hoarding.
Please join us as Dean Prudence Carter examines the history of educational disparity in the US, quality of education for disenfranchised minority neighborhoods, the continuation of education beyond the school-day, race-based admission policies at the universities, and finally why it is critical to move from the paradigm of equality of education to equality of educational opportunity.
Dean Carter's remarks will be followed by Q&A.
- Cal Club of Washington DC
- Brown Club of Washington DC
Prudence L. Carter is the E.H. and Mary E. Pardee Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Berkeley. As a sociologist, her primary research and teaching agenda focuses on causes of and solutions to enduring social and cultural inequalities in schools and education.
Dean Carter’s expertise ranges from issues of youth identity and race, class, and gender, urban poverty, social and cultural inequality, the sociology of education and mixed research methods. Specifically, she examines academic and mobility differences shaped by the effects of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in the United States and global society.
Before being appointed Dean at Berkeley, she was the Jacks Family Professor of Education and Professor of Sociology (by courtesy) at Stanford University. She was also the Faculty Director of John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, and the Director of the Research Institute for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
A product of public schools in the Mississippi Delta, Dean Carter received a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics and economics from Brown University; earned a Master of Art in Sociology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University.
Dean Carter’s books include the award-winning Keepin’ It Real: School Success beyond Black and White (Oxford University Press, 2005); Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. & South African Schools (Oxford University Press, 2012); and Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance (Oxford University Press, 2013), co-edited with Dr. Kevin Welner.
Dean Carter is an elected a member of the National Academy of Education; the Sociological Research Association; and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the William T. Grant Foundation; and SOAR for Youth (Support, Opportunities, and Rapport).