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Social Class, Poverty, and Education: Policy and Practice


reviewed by Thomas J. Cottle — 2002

coverTitle: Social Class, Poverty, and Education: Policy and Practice
Author(s): Bruce J. Biddle (Editor)
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415928419, Pages: 253, Year: 2001
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A friend recently was attempting to describe for me the purpose of a committee devoted to studying public education on which he sits. In a sense, he began, all we’re trying to do is “wrap our brains around these utterly complex matters.” His point is well taken, especially when one reads, for example, a report such as the one my colleague David Steiner prepared for the Bertelsmann Foundation, “Educational Achievement and Reform Strategies in the United States of America,” (2001) in which, after pages of truly elegant prose, he concluded that much of public education is really a mess.   That said, where does one begin with this brain wrapping exercise? One place is Bruce J. Biddle’s impressive new anthology, Social Class, Poverty and Education. The volume is the third major publication from the Missouri Symposia on Research and Education, and each chapter, if not a gem unto itself, yields all sorts of thoughtful riches and empirical insights.   The war horses of public education continue to be... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 896-899
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10883, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 12:03:16 PM

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  • Thomas Cottle
    Boston University
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    THOMAS J. COTTLE is Professor of Education at Boston University. His recent books include At Peril: Stories of Injustice (University of Massachusetts Press, 2000); Mind Fields: Adolescent Consciousness in a Culture of Distraction (Peter Lang Publishing, 2001); Hardest Times: The Trauma of Long Term Unemployment (Praeger, 2000); and the forthcoming Intimate Appraisals (Brandeis University Press, 2002).
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