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True Government by Choice Men? Inspection, Education, and State Formation in Canada


reviewed by Michael W. Apple 1995

coverTitle: True Government by Choice Men? Inspection, Education, and State Formation in Canada
Author(s): Bruce Curtis
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Toronto
ISBN: 0802068944, Pages: , Year: 1992
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One of the thorniest problems in education is the relationship between culture and power. At the level of policy and practice, we can see this in the “culture wars” surrounding the question of whose knowledge should be taught in our schools. At the level of theory, this is very visible in the debates over the strengths and weaknesses of postmodern theories in critical educational studies. In essence, all of these issues are concerned with what gets to be “official knowledge” in schools and in how we are to understand how it got there and who benefits from its being there.1 Bruce Curtis’s True Government by Choice Men? is an indispensable resource in helping us to answer these questions. On the face of it, Curtis’s book is about a seemingly limited topic. It (elegantly) traces the history of the growth of the first school bureaucracies on what was then the frontier of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 97 Number 1, 1995, p. 143-145
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1437, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 11:56:13 AM

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