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Catholic Schools: Mission, Markets and Morality

reviewed by Richard Jacobs - 2003

coverTitle: Catholic Schools: Mission, Markets and Morality
Author(s): Gerald Grace
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415243246, Pages: 240, Year: 2002
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Judged solely by its title, a book describing the challenges confronting inner-city Catholic headteachers [principals] in England would contain little between its front and back covers to interest public school administrators practicing their craft across the Atlantic Ocean in the United States.† Although the academic mission may be the same, the context within which that mission is delivered to students differs as does its market.† Arguably, the matter of religious education is one that has little to do with public schooling in the United States. But Graceís volume, Catholic Schools: Mission, Markets and Morality (2002, Falmer Press), challenges those notions and for reasons that may prove rather surprising for administrators of the nationís public schools.† With the passage of Englandís 1988 Education Reform Act and the 1992 Education (Schools) Act, the conservative ruling party achieved its long-standing goal of introducing an individualistic and competitive ethic into county [public] education.† Market values and market culture as well as stronger forms of accountability would now factor into the school... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 643-647
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11058, Date Accessed: 7/24/2021 2:14:32 PM

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  • Richard Jacobs
    Villanova University
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    RICHARD M. JACOBS is an Associate Professor of Educational Administration at Villanova University. A native of Chicago, Jacobs served for nearly two decades in Catholic middle and secondary schools as a teacher and administrator prior to undertaking his work in Catholic higher education. Since coming to Villanova in 1991, where he earned the rank of Associate Professor in 1996 and tenure in 1998, Jacobs has also studied higher educational administration during the 1996 and 1997 academic years as Assistant to the President of Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts.
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