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Visions of Schooling: Conscience, Community, and Common Education

reviewed by Terence A. Beck - 2003

coverTitle: Visions of Schooling: Conscience, Community, and Common Education
Author(s): Rosemary C. Salomone
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
ISBN: 0300081197, Pages: 352, Year: 2000
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Rosemary C. Salomone is a law school professor who has moved from advocating church-state separation and believing that vouchers would skim off the most "successful students and involved parents from the public schools" (p. xi) to a belief that parental choice is the best way to stop what she sees as the unraveling of the social fabric.  She writes from a position of privilege.  Her change in views came primarily from watching her Caribbean nanny and other working class families deal with the New York City public schools and from her own process of finding the best possible (private) school for her son. Salomone begins building her case with two chapters of history followed by three chapters of legal precedent.  She then moves to directly considering political philosophy before examining the realities of accommodating dissent within the current system and the benefits of parental choice. In her discussion of history, Salomone traces the influences of republicanism, Protestantism, and progressivism on the formation and development of public schools. ... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1367-1370
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11087, Date Accessed: 9/21/2021 10:24:35 AM

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  • Terence Beck
    University of Puget Sound
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    TERENCE A. BECK is Associate Professor at the University of Puget Sound. He teaches courses in educational sociology, psychology, multicultural education, and curriculum and instruction. His research interests include democratic citizenship education, classroom discourse (particularly around student questions), and the impact of practitioner research on individual teachers, practitioner research groups, and the schools in which they work.
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