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Catholic Schools and the Common Good


reviewed by Adam Gamoran 1996

coverTitle: Catholic Schools and the Common Good
Author(s): Anthony S. Bryk, Valerie E. Lee, Peter B. Holland
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674103114, Pages: , Year: 1995
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Catholic Schools and the Common Good, by Anthony S. Bryk, Valerie E. Lee, and Peter B. Holland, won the 1994 Willard Waller Award from the Sociology of Education Section of the American Sociological Association, for an outstanding book in the field. That was an appropriate honor for this exemplary book. Reading Catholic Schools and the Common Good was for me like seeing a black-and-white line-drawn coloring book suddenly filled in with rich and evocative colors. I was acquainted with the basic outline of the authors’ argument from their own earlier writings and those of others: Catholic high schools produce academic achievement that is both higher on aver- -age and more equitably distributed than that of public schools, largely because they place greater academic demands on all students, and maintain more orderly and cohesive learning environments. Catholic Schools and the Common Good provides intensive analysis of the distinctive character of Catholic schools... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 97 Number 3, 1996, p. 483-486
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1432, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 6:36:18 PM

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