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From Theory to Data and Back Again: Michael W. Apple Argues for a New Role for Critical Theorists: A Review Essay


reviewed by Amy Stuart Wells — 2004

coverTitle: From Theory to Data and Back Again: Michael W. Apple Argues for a New Role for Critical Theorists: A Review Essay
Author(s): Michael W. Apple
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 041593513X, Pages: 259, Year: 2003
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These are hard times for people on the political left. In fact, in the field of education, times have been tough since 1980 when Ronald Reagan set out to make public education a central target of his assault on the welfare state. What emerged was a new “common sense,” a political ideology that has declared that any service provided by the government, especially public education, is bad; the private sector is better in every respect; and markets, not democratic decision-making, should determine children’s opportunities to learn (Chubb and Moe, 1990; Bronner, 1997; Frank, 2000; and Giddens, 1994). For the last 20-plus years, many of the most popular political themes in education, including “excellence,” “choice,” and “accountability,” have been defined mostly by conservatives who create public policies that project their view of the world onto every school and community. Meanwhile, more liberal policy makers are left scratching their heads, confused about how the problems in public education came to be defined by those who have traditionally offered... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 338-346
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11208, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 5:29:22 AM

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  • Amy Wells
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    AMY STUART WELLS is a professor of Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also an editor of the Teachers College Record.
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