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Making Good Citizens: Education and Civil Society

reviewed by Walter C. Parker - 2002

coverTitle: Making Good Citizens: Education and Civil Society
Author(s): Diane Ravitch and Joseph P. Viteritti (Editors)
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
ISBN: 0300088787 , Pages: 368, Year: 2001
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Making Good Citizens: Education and Civil Society is a 14-chapter volume edited by Diane Ravitch and Joseph Viteritti who together chair the Program on Education and Civil Society at New York University. They have coedited two prior volumes: New Schools for a New Century: The Redesign of Urban Education (1997) and City Schools: Lessons from New York (2000).   The book has an array of authors, topics, and approaches all located in mainstream, neoliberal political space. The fifteen authors, including Ravitch who writes the first chapter and Viteritti who writes the last, are scholars teaching in departments of public policy, history, political science, law, and education. In addition to Ravitch, two chapter authors are likely to be known to readers of TCR: William Damon (The Moral Child, 1990) and Nathan Glazer (We Are All Multiculturalists Now, 1997). Readers who follow the democratic citizenship education literature will also recognize Robert Putnam (Bowling Alone, 2000) and Norman Nie (Education and Democratic Citizenship in America, 1996).   Despite the spread of authors and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 899-904
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10872, Date Accessed: 4/16/2021 7:20:19 AM

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  • Walter Parker
    University of Washington
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    Walter C. Parker's specialization is social studies curriculum and instruction, with emphasis on education for democracy. He teaches social studies curriculum and instruction courses in the graduate Teacher Education Program at the University of Washington, as well as seminars on democratic citizenship education. His interests are suggested by the titles of his written work: Books include: Renewing the Social Studies Curriculum (1991), Educating the Democratic Mind (1996), and Social Studies in Elementary Education (2001). Two additional books will be published in the Spring or Summer of 2002: Democracy, Diversity, and Deliberation in Education (Teachers College Press); and Education for Democracy--Curricula, Contexts, Assessments (Information Age Press).
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