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Crisis in the Classroom


reviewed by Maxine Greene ó 1970

coverTitle: Crisis in the Classroom
Author(s): Charles E. Silberman
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This is a time of fundamental uncertainty about the future of Ameri­can society. Richard Hofstadter speaks of "a crisis of the spirit"; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., of "an extreme crisis of confidence." The pervasive malaise, the sense of unease have inevitably affected thinking about the public schools. There are those who would like to see the schools return to the teaching of traditional pieties and be­come bulwarks against "anarchy," perhaps even against change. There are others who perceive the schools as agents of a manipulative "es­tablishment" and assert that only a system of independent schools can liberate the young to learn for themselves. It has long been as­sumed that education is somehow related to social change; but, in re­cent years, there has been little talk about how the schools bring change about or what that change ought to be. In 1937, John Dewey wrote that "the problem is not whether the schools should partici­pate in the production of a future society (since they do anyway) but... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 1, 1970, p. 133-141
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1719, Date Accessed: 4/24/2014 3:18:18 AM

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