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Democratic Schools, Second Edition: Lessons in Powerful Education


reviewed by Linda McNeil August 01, 2007

coverTitle: Democratic Schools, Second Edition: Lessons in Powerful Education
Author(s): Michael W. Apple and James A. Beane
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325010757, Pages: 176, Year: 2007
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Democratic Schools: Lessons in Powerful Education, might in its second edition be more appropriately titled “Democratic Schools: Lessons in Fragility, Resilience and Vulnerability.”    The case studies of democracy in action as described in the first edition have not all persisted to the present. The changes, and in some cases the reversals, in these schools bear close examination not merely for our understanding of organizational sustainability, but also for the ways undemocratic social conditions and anti-democratic policies may have worked against these experiments in democratic education. The issuance of a second edition of Apple and Beane’s Democratic Schools: Lessons in Powerful Education could not be timelier. “Democracy” is seldom invoked in a policy context that seeks merely to “leave no child behind.” Current federal laws govern U.S. public schools through a strict hierarchy, with decisions made at a far remove from communities and classrooms. Standardization has replaced child development, cultural consonance and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 01, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14574, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 4:40:05 AM

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  • Linda McNeil
    Rice University
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    LINDA MC SPADDEN MCNEIL is professor of education and director of the Center for Education at Rice University in Houston. She writes about urban schooling, the education of Latino youth, standardization and educational equity. She is the author of Contradictions of School Reform: Educational Costs of Standardized Testing (Routledge, 2000).
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