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Justice, Justice: School Politics and the Eclipse of Liberalism (History of Schools and Schooling, V. 40)


reviewed by William Ayers & Richard Ayers — July 18, 2007

coverTitle: Justice, Justice: School Politics and the Eclipse of Liberalism (History of Schools and Schooling, V. 40)
Author(s): Daniel H. Perlstein
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820467871 , Pages: 218, Year: 2004
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 Teaching For Change   Justice, Justice, the title of Daniel Perlstein's searing and illuminating history of a decisive moment in the modern history of American education, is taken from the Book of Deuteronomy:  “Justice, justice shall thou pursue.” It’s a fitting refrain here, and it’s a useful compass to traverse the tangled terrain through which Perlstein guides his readers. Justice, and again -- when things get messy and muddy -- justice. In a style both spare and elegant, Perlstein exposes the contradictions that animated and found their full expression in the 1968 New York City teachers’ strike and, indeed, that echo with force and heat in every significant school struggle today. His great accomplishment here is pinpointing the pivotal event in which contradictory visions of social justice and change, democracy, progress, and the American dream -- articulated by teacher unionists and Black community activists -- met in dramatic and bitter confrontation. The... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 18, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14557, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 1:25:34 AM

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About the Author
  • William Ayers
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    WILLIAM AYERS is Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the author of several books on teaching and the fight for justice in our schools.
  • Richard Ayers
    University of California, Berkeley
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    RICHARD AYERS is in advanced studies in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education and has authored books and articles on education equity and curriculum
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