Creatively and rigorously blending historical research and contemporary data from various disciplines, this book cogently and comprehensively illustrates the problems and opportunities the American nation faces in education, economics, and the global arena. The authors propose a framework of transformation that would render American culture no longer a culture of conflict, but one whose purpose is to achieve metacultural cohesion. The book illustrates how this change is imperative if we are to ensure that our nation and its individual members thrive domestically - and if we are to enhance our global competitiveness and contributions, geopolitically and otherwise, throughout this century and beyond. Transforming America is a welcome foundational text for teachers and students in education and the social sciences at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
"In this provocative study, Robert A. DeVillar and Binbin Jiang examine the pressures of societal schooling practices, race-based asset accumulation, multicultural education, and metacultural cohesion. I found the book to be the most authoritative work by far on the subject and a landmark. I highly recommend it and applaud its originality." (Ashok K. Roy, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Associate Professor of Asian Studies, Kennesaw State University) "DeVillar and Jiang offer a set of well-researched prescriptions for comprehensive and systemic reform in the United States. Their ideas are rooted in an understanding of the complex social and economic challenges confronting American schools. Unlike so many of the policies emanating from Washington and state legislatures, their ideas are sound, practical, and should be heeded if we want to avoid the disaster that awaits us if we fail to bring about the changes that are needed in American schools. Every policy maker who says they want to 'fix' our schools should read this book!" (Pedro A. Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development, and Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, New York University) "In this timely and well-conceived book, DeVillar and Jiang persuasively argue that greater United States global competitiveness and economic well-being can only come about if this nation's 'culture of conflict,' particularly around race and ethnicity, becomes a 'metaculture of cohesion.' Through a compelling analysis of current demographics and economics, this country's history of racism, and oppressed groups' unrelenting struggles for equality, the authors courageously and ethically show the way for improving U.S. global standing: eradicate racism once and for all, radically improve the educational opportunities of poor and non-white students, and authentically unify as a people regardless of skin color, social class, or time of arrival to the U.S.!" (Lilia I. Bartolome, Professor, Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Boston)