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The One Best System

reviewed by Diane Ravitch - 1975

coverTitle: The One Best System
Author(s): David Tyack
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0674637828, Pages: 353, Year: 1974
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During the past decade, schooling in gen­eral and public schooling in particular have been the subject of vigorous, and at times vicious, attack. The schools, we have been told repeatedly, are responsible for all of society's ills: racism, sexism, in­equality, militarism, and joylessness. At the same time that popular criticism became particularly intense about five years ago, a group of New Left historians emerged to provide a scholarly base for the contemporary critics. Fueled with eon-tempt for middle-class values and what they saw as traditional liberal smugness, the New Left historians proceeded to vilify the very concept of the public school as a device to control the masses; in the world-view of those historians who were frankly anarchist, such liberal heroes as John Dewey and Jane Addams were transmogrified into bourgeois exponents of social control. One of the leading re­visionist historians, Michael Katz, held that the American school was so inher­ently racist and class-biased that there simply was no historical tradition on which to build an egalitarian... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 77 Number 2, 1975, p. 294-296
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1325, Date Accessed: 4/20/2021 6:21:39 AM

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