Visions of Schooling: Conscience, Community, and Common Educationreviewed by Terence A. Beck — 2003
Rosemary C. Salomone is a law school professor who has moved
from advocating church-state separation and believing that vouchers
would skim off the most "successful students and involved parents
from the public schools" (p. xi) to a belief that parental choice
is the best way to stop what she sees as the unraveling of the
social fabric. She writes from a position of privilege.
Her change in views came primarily from watching her Caribbean
nanny and other working class families deal with the New York City
public schools and from her own process of finding the best
possible (private) school for her son.
Salomone begins building her case with two chapters of history
followed by three chapters of legal precedent. She then moves
to directly considering political philosophy before examining the
realities of accommodating dissent within the current system and
the benefits of parental choice.
In her discussion of history, Salomone traces the influences of
republicanism, Protestantism, and progressivism on the formation
and development of public schools. ... (preview truncated at 150 words.) Title:
Visions of Schooling: Conscience, Community, and Common EducationAuthor(s):
Rosemary C. SalomonePublisher:
Yale University Press, New HavenISBN:
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- Terence Beck
University of Puget Sound
TERENCE A. BECK is Associate Professor at the University of Puget Sound. He teaches courses in educational sociology, psychology, multicultural education, and curriculum and instruction. His research interests include democratic citizenship education, classroom discourse (particularly around student questions), and the impact of practitioner research on individual teachers, practitioner research groups, and the schools in which they work.