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The Great School Wars : A History of the New York City Public Schools - Diane Ravitch

The Great School Wars

A History of the New York City Public Schools

Paperback Published: 14th July 2000
ISBN: 9780801864711
Number Of Pages: 488
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Eases quietly into a ferociously angry subject... Diane Ravitch affirms her faith in the American dream despite a detailed narrative which suggests, if anything, that education in New York has fairly consistently failed those who needed it most... Meticulously detailed and strains for fairness and impartiality. -- George Levine * New York Times * This volume fills an enormous gap in the city's educational history... Scholars are not likely to demolish her principal theme-that the city's educational history reflects its demographic, political, and social history. -- Frederick Shaw * Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science * Ravitch asks us to recognize that the public schools cannot solve all the problems of society, and asks us to reconsider catchwords of the moment by reminding us that they echo the slogans of past failures. An excellent work. * New Yorker * A detailed, absorbing history of the New York City public schools within the context of politics. * Choice * Ravitch's writing is clear, crisp, unadorned, and forceful. The cast of characters and their achievements are neatly and economically sketched, and the pages enlivened with provocative asides... The public will find The Great School Wars a relevant and informative overview of a critical period, while scholars will be encouraged to look anew at New York's educational history. -- Sol Cohen * Teachers College Record * One of the most absorbing, penetrating, and important works of American history to appear in recent years. The Great School Wars, for scope, richness of detail, and intellectual coherence, is an unusual book. -- Jack Chatfield * National Review *

Introduction to the 2000 Editionp. xi
Prefacep. xxxi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxxvii
First School War: Public Schools or Catholic Schools?
Early New York: Social Conditions and Schoolsp. 3
The Society Expandsp. 20
The Irish Arrivep. 27
The Catholics Challenge the Systemp. 33
The Bishop Takes Commandp. 46
First Round in Albanyp. 58
"No Flinching!"p. 67
Between the Wars: 1842-1888
The Ward School System Takes Rootp. 79
The Tweed Ring in Chargep. 92
Inside the Classroomp. 100
Second School War: The Rise of the Expert
The Birth of a Reform Movementp. 107
"Save, Save the Minutes"p. 122
The Best Men to the Rescuep. 134
Professor Nicholas "Miraculous" Butlerp. 144
Between the Wars: 1896-1913
New Education for the New Immigrationp. 161
Problems of Centralizationp. 181
Third School War: The Crusade for Efficiency
Disillusioned Progressivesp. 189
The Solution to New York's Problemsp. 195
Tammany and the Bureaucracy as Alliesp. 210
"Mr. Mayor, Hands Off Our Public Schools!"p. 219
Between the Wars: 1920-1954
Dividends of the Depressionp. 233
From Americanization to Integrationp. 241
Fourth School War: Racism and Reaction
The Discovery of Segregation and Scandalsp. 251
Boycotts and Demonstrationsp. 267
The Allen Reportp. 280
Enter Lindsayp. 287
Is 201: An End and a Beginningp. 292
Decentralization Emergesp. 312
The Making of a Power Strugglep. 320
The Bundy Reportp. 329
Preparing for a Showdownp. 338
"We Will Have To Write Our Own Rules ..."p. 352
Confrontations and Strikesp. 362
The New Lawp. 381
Aftermathp. 388
The Search for Communityp. 399
Population and Pupils, 1800-1970p. 405
Notesp. 407
Bibliographyp. 427
Indexp. 431
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ISBN: 9780801864711
ISBN-10: 0801864712
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 14th July 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.04  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.69

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