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Going Public : Schooling for a Diverse Democracy - Judith Renyi

Going Public

Schooling for a Diverse Democracy

Hardcover Published: 1st February 1994
ISBN: 9781565840836
Number Of Pages: 304

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By undertaking to educate every single American child all the way through high school, the United States has set for itself a goal unrivaled by any other country in the world. But this goal has run full tilt into a heated debate about what we teach diverse children about our history, language, and literature.

Arguments for and against multicultural education, according to Judith Renyi, Director of Collaboratives for Humanities and Arts Teaching (CHART), have too often been debated in a historical vacuum. Going Public is an unprecedented attempt to provide the historical context of the struggle for diverse curricula in American public schools. It also interprets the teachings of our schools in surprising ways.

Dr. Renyi offers an eloquent and wide-ranging look at how our educational goals have changed over the past century, as well as a prescription for how they must continue to change through the millennium if we are to accomplish the ambitious task of fully educating the poorest quarter of our nation. She also provides perhaps the most informed overview to date of the multicultural education debate—of the formation and reformation of the canon, the call for a return to basics, and the politics of inclusion. She ends with a powerful argument for a generous, diverse curriculum that reflects our radical national experiment in educating all our citizens through high school—for changing the “what” and “how” of education to engage the new “whom.”

With erudition and sensitivity—combined with firsthand knowledge from visits to hundreds of elementary and secondary school classrooms across the country—Renyi offers historical perspective as well as humane solutions.


Acknowledgments
A Note on Usage
American Revolutionp. 1
Introductionp. 3
The Making of a Revolutionp. 8
Caveatsp. 23
The Common Core of Learningp. 25
History Lessonp. 33
American Mythologyp. 35
Telling Storiesp. 43
The Model American Takes Shapep. 46
Honorary Englishmenp. 51
The Pastoral Idealp. 61
And Forgive Us Our Trespassesp. 66
Un-Americansp. 71
Coloring Within the Linesp. 74
The Riddle of History in a Democracyp. 84
Firing the Canonp. 87
The Machine in the Classroomp. 89
The Canonp. 94
Common Purposep. 99
The Development of School Englishp. 102
The Longing for Heroismp. 110
Seeing into Thingsp. 113
Words Fail Usp. 119
Introductionp. 121
"To Guard the Avenues of Their Languages"p. 125
Accent on Legislating Languagep. 131
Speaking Americanp. 143
A Tongue-tied Nationp. 147
A Paucity of Languagep. 153
Devalued Familiesp. 157
Freely Spokenp. 162
Mapping Culturep. 169
Introductionp. 171
A Little More Historyp. 174
Matching Curriculum to Studentsp. 178
Whose Religion?p. 181
Alternative Viewsp. 189
Practical Solutionsp. 193
Education as Questp. 199
Life on the Borderp. 201
Frontiersp. 203
Culture/culturep. 212
The Art of Teachingp. 218
Bringing School Home and Leading Children Outp. 227
Opening American Mindsp. 231
Doing Goodp. 237
We're Doing It for Ourselvesp. 245
Notesp. 249
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9781565840836
ISBN-10: 1565840836
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st February 1994
Publisher: The New Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1