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Learning from the Past : What History Teaches Us about School Reform - Diane Ravitch

Learning from the Past

What History Teaches Us about School Reform

By: Diane Ravitch (Editor), Maris A. Vinovskis (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st February 1995
ISBN: 9780801849213
Number Of Pages: 400
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Many Americans view today's problems in education as an unprecedented crisis brought on by the rise of contemporary social problems. In Learning from the Past a group of distinguished educational historians and scholars of public policy reminds us that many current difficulties-as well as recent reform efforts-have important historical antecedents. What can we learn, they ask, from nineteenth-century efforts to promote early childhood education, or debates in the 1920s about universal secondary education, or the curriculum reforms of the 1950s? Reflecting a variety of intellectual and disciplinary orientations, the contributors to this volume examine major changes in educational development and reform, consider how such changes have been implemented in the past, and warn against , exaggerating their benefits. They address questions of governance, equity and multiculturalism, curriculum standards, school choice, and a variety of other issues. Policy makers and other school reformers, they conclude, would do well to investigate the past in order to appreciate the implications of the present reform initiatives.

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"The quality of the contributors alone is enough to make this an excellent book. It is a valuable compendium--and bibliography--of recent thinking on the historical context of current discussions of educational reform. It should be read by educational policymakers and by anyone who wants to be sufficiently well-informed about education to participate in the reform process."--Robert A. McCaughey, Barnard College

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Assimilation, Adjustment, and Access: An Antiquarian View of American Educationp. 3
Who's in Charge? Federal, State, and Local Controlp. 25
Attitudes, Choices, and Behavior: School Delivery of Health and Social Servicesp. 57
Changing Conceptions of Educational Equityp. 97
Ethnic Diversity and National Identity in Public School Textsp. 113
American History Reconsidered: Asking New Questions about the Pastp. 135
The Search for Order and the Rejection of Conformity: Standards in American Educationp. 167
Reinventing Schoolingp. 191
The New Politics of Choicep. 217
School Readiness and Early Childhood Educationp. 243
School Leaving: Dead End or Detour?p. 265
Rhetoric and Reality: The High School Curriculump. 295
Literate America: High-Level Adult Literacy as a National Goalp. 329
Reefer Madness and A Clockwork Orangep. 355
Contributorsp. 383
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ISBN: 9780801849213
ISBN-10: 0801849217
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st February 1995
Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.11  x 2.85
Weight (kg): 0.59

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