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Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory


reviewed by William W. Cutler, III July 28, 2009

coverTitle: Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory
Author(s): Jonathan Zimmerman
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
ISBN: 0300123264, Pages: 256, Year: 2009
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Not many Americans know the music of Charles Ives (1874-1954). A businessman who wrote music on the side, his works were seldom performed during his lifetime, and even today they are not often played. Perhaps this is because his music is both confounding and contradictory, often combining discordant notes with more pleasing harmonies. But Ives wrote many pieces to which most of his contemporaries could relate because they drew upon familiar tunes and themes. Completed in 1916, his fourth symphony is a case in point; a complex, often cacophonous piece, it nevertheless quotes many popular songs of the day such as Yankee Doodle, Turkey in the Straw, and Marching through Georgia. What does Ives' music have to do with Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory by Jonathan Zimmerman? A lot more than you might think! Like the tunes quoted by Charles Ives, the little red schoolhouse... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 28, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15728, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 6:42:04 PM

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  • William Cutler, III
    Temple University
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    WILLIAM W. CUTLER, III is Professor of History and Professor of Educational Leadership at Temple University. He is the author of Parents and Schools: The 150-Year Struggle for Control in American Education (2000) and numerous articles, book chapters, and review essays, including "Cathedral of Culture: The Schoolhouse in American Educational Thought and Practice since 1820," which appeared in the History of Education Quarterly in 1989. He is at work on a book about the relationship between citizens and schools in America in the twentieth century.
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