Small Schools: Public School Reform Meets the Ownership Society


reviewed by Clive Harber June 30, 2008

coverTitle: Small Schools: Public School Reform Meets the Ownership Society
Author(s): Michael Klonsky and Susan Klonsky
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 0415961238, Pages: 209, Year: 2008
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The title of the series in which this book is published is “Education, Politics and Culture” which suits the lively and politically committed content very well. Fundamentally, the book is about how a progressive educational movement aimed at facilitating smaller and more democratic urban schools in America became hijacked by the neo-conservative agenda of the Bush administration and its many powerful allies. In so doing it cannot fail to tackle the wider educational and political issues of the last eight years and their antecedents, which it does with admirable clarity and detail.   Although school size is important, the small schools movement has traditionally been more about a democratic ideology of education that rejects the mass, bureaucratised authoritarianism of many large publicly funded schools. Smaller schools potentially make it more possible to organise education in a more supportive, inclusive, egalitarian and humanitarian way. Moreover, this smaller scale is also seen to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 30, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15296, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 3:33:21 AM

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