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The Tragedy of American School Reform

How Curriculum Politics and Entrenched Dilemmas Have Diverted Us from Democracy

The Tragedy of American School Reform
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Two persistent dilemmas haunt school reform: curriculum politics and classroom constancy. Both undermined the 1960s' new social studies, a dynamic reform movement centered on inquiry, issues, and social activism. Dramatic academic freedom controversies ended reform and led to a conservative restoration. On one side were teachers and curriculum developers; on the other, conservative activists determined to undo the revolutions of the 1960s. The episode brought a return to traditional history, a turn away from questioning, and the re-imposition of authority. Engagingly written and thoroughly researched, The Tragedy of American School Reform offers a provocative perspective on current trends.  

Palgrave Macmillan; May 2011
305 pages; ISBN 9780230119109
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