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Private Wealth and Public Education

reviewed by Colin Greer - 1971

coverTitle: Private Wealth and Public Education
Author(s): John E. Coons, William H. Chine III and Stephen D. Sugarman
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: , Pages: 520, Year: 1970
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This book is a gigantic act of faith in American public education. Unusually keen to the inherent inequalities pervading the system, John Coons and his colleagues present a plan which tries to grasp this beast by the horns, seeking to direct the unruly animal into closer harmony with its professed nature. The organizing principle which they want to establish in law, and for which the book is in part a model, maintains that "The quality of public education may not be a function of wealth other than the wealth of the state as a whole." They do not propose nor do they get into the subtler questions of quality; divergent familial preparedness to aspire to, and thereby to take advantage of, opportunity; nor indeed, do they, in their pages, show great interest in the overwhelming, unresolved contradictions between equality and freedom in this democracy. Their intent is to make clear that these considerations, confused and impeded as they constantly are, in fact are seriously "offended... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 3, 1971, p. 449-451
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1695, Date Accessed: 9/24/2021 6:15:52 PM

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  • Colin Greer
    Hunter College of the City University of New York
    Colin Greer is senior editor at Social Policy and teaches in the department of educational foundations at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He is the author of Cobweb Attitudes: Essays on Educational and Cultural Mythology, recently published by Teachers College Press.
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