The Ultimate Reading Guide To Understand The Key Issues Of This Election

By: Arianna Rebolini,  BuzzFeed News
October 31, 2020

Earlier this month, the New York Public Library compiled a list of books exploring key issues of this election, like climate change, racial equality, public health, immigration, and more. No matter what happens next week, one thing is certain: It will be just one step in ongoing work. Below, we've featured some of our favorite books from the library's extensive list to help you dive deeper into issues that will continue to affect the country (and world), and figure out what your next move will be.

...Cutting School: The Segrenomics of American Education by Noliwe Rooks (The New Press, 2017)

Noliwe Rooks, a cultural critic and American studies professor, digs into the modern segregation of the country’s schools, outlining how issues like privatization, school choice, teacher quality, class size, and funding disproportionately put Black students at a disadvantage. This year's edition is updated with a new foreword from former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch.

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