Teachers Matter: The Trouble with Leaving Political Education to the Coaches


reviewed by Jesus Garcia 2002

coverTitle: Teachers Matter: The Trouble with Leaving Political Education to the Coaches
Author(s): Stephen M. Caliendo
Publisher: Praeger Publications, Westport
ISBN: 027596907X, Pages: 131, Year: 2000
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Caliendo is not the first nor the last social scientist to describe the status of social studies education in America's secondary schools. What purportedly occurs in secondary social studies classrooms is of interest to the educational community, parents, politicians, and special interest groups. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.'s blistering attacks on multicultural education in social studies classrooms that he alleges promotes divisiveness and James W. Loewen's stinging criticism of U.S. history textbooks for their lack of scholarship are just two of numerous reports and studies that have caught the attention of the popular media. Unfortunately, little in the way of positive suggestions seems to flow from the pens of many of these critics. In a recent speech on history standards, for example, a prominent educator lambasted efforts by education officials to develop state standards but offered little in the form of suggestions on how to improve the situation. How many coaches does it take to fully staff a high school social studies department? While Caliendo's book title can... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 36-41
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10797, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 12:59:22 PM

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