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Seeking Common Ground: Public Schools in a Diverse Society


reviewed by Thomas V. O'Brien 2004

coverTitle: Seeking Common Ground: Public Schools in a Diverse Society
Author(s): David Tyack
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674011988 , Pages: 185, Year: 2003
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In Seeking Common Ground: Public Schools in a Diverse Society David Tyack explores how Americans have attempted to use their public schools to create civil cohesion. Tyack is arguably the top American educational historian alive, and this book is evidence that Tyack has not lost a step as a scholar since retiring from Stanford University . In many ways, then, this book has a certain déjà vu about it: In 1991, and at a similar point his notable career, Lawrence Cremin, then the reigning scholar of American educational history, published a small, powerful synthesis of the subject entitled Popular Education and It Discontents (1991). Tyack’s Seeking Common Ground is similarly a brief, but sparkling expression of the essence of his years of research. America , Tyack begins, has been and continues to be landed with diverse groups who operate as part of a contentious democracy. He ends with a call for greater support for the public school. The book is divided into three main parts—unity, diversity,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2359-2361
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11327, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 12:19:34 AM

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  • Thomas O'Brien
    The Ohio State University at Mansfield
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    THOMAS V. O'BRIEN is an Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University at Mansfield. His research interests include American educational history and school reform. He has published a number of historical studies, essays, and book reviews, including a book entitled The Politics of Schooling and Race: Public Education in Georgia, 1900-1961. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 1999.
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