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The tragedy of American school reform : how curriculum politics and entrenched dilemmas have diverted us from democracy / Ronald W. Evans.

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Author/Creator:
Evans, Ronald W.
Language:
English.
Publication date:
2011
Imprint:
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Format:
  • Book
  • xiii, 276 p., [14] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • Challenges of Curriculum Development * The New Social Studies * The Newer Social Studies * Larger Trends in Schools * Aftermath: "We Face a National Conspiracy * The MACOS Controversy and Beyond * The Conservative Restoration * Can We Transcend the Grammar of Social Studies? * Reflections on Education for Democracy.
Summary:
"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"-- Provided by publisher. "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"-- Provided by publisher.
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ISBN:
9780230107984
0230107982

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