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Schooling for All: Class, Race, and the Decline of the Democratic Ideal


reviewed by Richard Navarro 1988

coverTitle: Schooling for All: Class, Race, and the Decline of the Democratic Ideal
Author(s): Ira Katznelson, Margaret Weir
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 046507233X, Pages: , Year:
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Modern-day reformers would do well to remember that differentiation in the work place for teachers occurred with the birth of the common school in America. Whereas educators writ large once had autonomy to make decisions regarding curriculum and instructional matters—inasmuch as they were acceptable to their clients—the extension of the industrial-management model to schooling in the development of the common school created new and permanent barriers between teachers and administrators. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to the readers of Schooling for All that at the historical moment when the ideals that underlie the founding of the common school are being threatened, reformers are poised to blur the line between the roles of teacher and administrator. One thing this book makes clear is that educators have been a cohesive force in establishing schooling as a central American institution, responsible for the socialization of the nation’s citizenry and preparation of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 90 Number 1, 1988, p. 133-136
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 507, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 3:19:31 AM

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