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Power and the Promise of School Reform: Grass-roots Movements during the Progressive Era


reviewed by Vito Perrone — 1989

coverTitle: Power and the Promise of School Reform: Grass-roots Movements during the Progressive Era
Author(s): William Reese
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0710099525, Pages: , Year:
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Efforts at school reform have tended to suffer from a lack of historical perspective. Beginning so often with a belief that their agenda is fresh, breaking new ground and asking unique questions, many well-intentioned school reformers lose valuable time and in the end credibility because they do not pursue the history of previous reform. Joseph Featherstone, historian and social commentator, suggests that reformers live too much of their lives in a “United States of Amnesia.” Reese’s rich, well-written history of grass-roots school reform movements in the progressive years (1890- 1920) makes some of the important history accessible. It should especially aid current educational reformers in their advocacies aimed at enlarging programs of parent education, child nutrition and health, local school decision making, and schools as community centers. At a time when school health clinics, for example, are being debated as if they are nothing more than symbols of America’s post-sixties’ permissivism,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 90 Number 3, 1989, p. 496-498
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 513, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 9:26:06 AM

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