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Schooling and the Struggle for Public Life: Democracy’s Promise and Education’s Challenge, Updated Edition


reviewed by Aaron Cooley — 2006

coverTitle: Schooling and the Struggle for Public Life: Democracy’s Promise and Education’s Challenge, Updated Edition
Author(s): Henry A. Giroux
Publisher: Paradigm Publishers, Boulder
ISBN: 1594510350, Pages: 254, Year: 2005
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Both admirers and critics of Henry Giroux’s large body of work must appreciate his passionate writing style. His books and essays can be described appropriately and laudatorily as poetic polemics. Even his critics must admit that his arguments are cogent and focus attention on his political goals. Schooling and the Struggle for Public Life: Democracy’s Promise and Education’s Challenge is an updated and expanded version of a book written in the late 1980s. Its central critique—that many students in American public schools are underserved in terms of citizenship development—holds up well. At many points, any reasonable reader could not disagree with his steadfast statements, such as “public schools can and should play an active and productive role in broadening the possibilities for the democratic promise of American schooling, politics, and society” (p. 202). Overall, this volume finds a place alongside his Teachers as Intellectuals: Toward a Critical Pedagogy of Learning... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1647-1650
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12241, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 4:02:21 PM

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  • Aaron Cooley
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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    AARON COOLEY holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has mentored, tutored, and taught students in a range of diverse educational settings and previously worked at the North Carolina General Assembly. Aaron is dedicated to improving the educational and economic opportunities of all Americans through innovative ideas in public policy. His writing has appeared in Essays in Education, Education Review, Educational Theory, Educational Studies (Forthcoming), Journal of Popular Culture, and the Political Studies Review.
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