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Public Education, Democracy, and the Common Good


reviewed by Warren Langevin 2005

coverTitle: Public Education, Democracy, and the Common Good
Author(s): Donovan R. Walling (Editor)
Publisher: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington
ISBN: 0873678540, Pages: 175, Year: 2004
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The central premise behind Public Education, Democracy, and the Common Good is the core relationship between the provision of public education and the democratic foundations of the United States. More specifically, the volume’s editor proposes that contributors will determine whether universal public education is still necessary for American democracy and pursuit of the common good. If so, what is the best course of action for proponents of traditional public schooling given the credible threats posed by secular and religious privatization? Although several of the volume’s authors offer substantive arguments with diverse ideological foundations, the volume will not satisfy readers who seek broad disciplinary representation and a more extensive discussion of democratic governance. The unifying theme of this volume is the integral connection between the political tradition of representative democracy and the success of American government. Beyond the scope of this general theme, however, the contributors fail to generate the same level... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1529-1531
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11728, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 5:59:58 PM

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  • Warren Langevin
    Vanderbilt University
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    WARREN ELLIOTT LANGEVIN is a Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Scholar at Vanderbilt University. He is currently involved in a national study of state takeover of local school districts as a reform strategy, as well as a time series analysis of Title I appropriations since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. His research interests are state policy leadership, federalism, intergovernmental relations, political institutions, and education policy.
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