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Sixties Legacy: A History of the Public Alternative Schools Movement, 1967-2001


reviewed by John Richardson 2005

coverTitle: Sixties Legacy: A History of the Public Alternative Schools Movement, 1967-2001
Author(s): Richard Neumann
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 082046354X, Pages: 280, Year: 2003
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It has been observed that the status of a discipline is tied in many ways to the status of its subject matter. In similar ways, the study of students who, for some reason or another, are marginal to schools can face barriers that stem solely from this marginality. Richard Neumann’s Sixties Legacy, a history of public alternative schools, cannot avoid, much less ignore, the risks that await such a study. Neumann brings to his study a very evident personal history that is one of direct involvement and advocacy. This provides him with a keen knowledge of the chronology of the public alternative schools movement, a knowledge that reaches from details of specific conferences and keynote speeches to the issues that specific schools and projects faced. Neumann believes strongly in the important role that alternative schools have played and will continue to play and adds to this personal belief a professional... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1547-1551
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11736, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 10:09:56 AM

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  • John Richardson
    Western Washington University
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    JOHN G. RICHARDSON is professor of sociology at Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. His research areas have been in the historical origins of common schooling in the American states, and particularly in the institutional expansion of special education, published in Common, Delinquent, and Special. He is currently engaged in a study of the institutional career of intelligence, a comparative study of the formalization of national systems of education, and research on the IWW and labor conflicts from 1905 to 1919.
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