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A Response to Michael Apple

by Diane Ravitch - 1988

I enjoyed reading Michael Apple's critique of What Do Our 17 Year-Olds Know? Despite his caveats, I suspect that he likes the book, even though he knows that he is not supposed to and not supposed to let anyone know that he did. With a certain reluctance, he admits that the book is "not uninteresting" and acknowledges that many of our criticisms of the curriculum are "correct." He is even willing to grant that we are "neither charlatans nor unthinking educators" and that we are "not merely far-right ideologues." I am pleased to read in the journal published by the institution that has been my professional home for nearly twenty years that I am neither a charlatan nor unthinking and possibly not even a far-right ideologue. Based on the civility and intelligence of Professor Apple's comments, I readily conclude that he is neither a charlatan nor an unthinking educator nor merely a far-left ideologue. Interestingly, he does not offer any examples from the test or our recommendations... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 90 Number 1, 1988, p. 128-130
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10456, Date Accessed: 6/18/2021 4:50:57 PM

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