School-smart and Mother-wise
My first book grew out of my dissertation research.
School-smart and Mother-wise illustrates how and why American education disadvantages working-class women when they are children and adults. In it we hear working-class women–black and white, rural and urban, southern and northern–recount their childhood experiences, describing the circumstances that led them to drop out of school. Now enrolled in adult education programs, they seek more than a diploma: respect, recognition, and a public identity. Drawing upon the life stories of these women, Wendy Luttrell sensitively describes and analyzes the politics and psychodynamics that shape working-class life, schooling, and identity. She examines the paradox of women’s education, particularly the relationship between schooling and mothering, and offers practical suggestions for school reform.