America's public schools : from the common school to "No Child Left Behind" /

Main Author: Reese, William J., 1951-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
Series: The American moment
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Reese (Univ. of Wisconsin) pens a solid synopsis of the social history of American schools in the 19th and 20th centuries. His lucid, readable synthesis is admirably jargon-free and offers a nuanced, evenhanded perspective on recurring themes that reflect how schools both reproduce and seek to modify societal traditions. Weighing such competing issues as individualism and community, and materialism versus the common good, Reese explores persistent strands in US culture that speak to broad institutional problems and the difficulties in reaching sublime practical results. After all, as he acknowledges, the school has been cast, or miscast, as either the cause of or cure for many social ills. Deeper mining of intellectual history would have further reinforced Reese's already robust analysis. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, teacher education and liberal arts faculty, researchers, and policymakers. J. L. DeVitis Georgia College & State University

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