The assimilation of millions of immigrants from strikingly different worlds into one society is a story that defines America. In the shadow of this American story is another: the struggle to include millions of nonimmigrant minorities — African-Americans, American Indians, Latinos — within the mainstream of society. The first story is a celebration of diversity that reveals America as a haven for religious, cultural, and political difference. The second story tells of an ongoing struggle with difference, in this case a difference not of religion or cultural values but a difference in social, racial, and ethnic status.
A new book, Global Education Reform: How Privatization and Public Investment Influence Education Outcomes, provides a powerful analysis of these different ends of an ideological spectrum – from market-based experiments to strong state investments in public education.