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Frogs into Princes: Writings on School Reform


reviewed by Renarta Hutchinson Tompkins July 17, 2008

coverTitle: Frogs into Princes: Writings on School Reform
Author(s): Larry Cuban
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807748595, Pages: 204, Year: 2008
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Cuban’s Frogs into Princes: Writings on School Reform provides a trail that traces school reform from 1962, when schools struggled with implementing desegregation policies, to 2007, as schools still struggle to effectively educate diverse student populations. The selections are framed within three perspectives: as an insider, as an outsider, and finally as a teacher/administrator/researcher with a merged perspective on school reform. From the first selection until the last, there is a profound sense of hope in Cuban’s writings, despite historical evidence that educational policymakers seem to persist in making the same mistake over and over by ignoring the role of the teacher in school reform. Despite the passage of time represented in the collection, a similar theme emerges; reforms live or die in the classroom, not the boardroom. The value of the teacher in school reform is first framed in Cuban’s examination of his own teaching. In the 1962 selection, Teaching... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 17, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15314, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 11:57:10 AM

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