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Turning on the System: War in the Philadelphia Public Schools


reviewed by Harland Bloland — 1970

coverTitle: Turning on the System: War in the Philadelphia Public Schools
Author(s): Henry S. Resnik
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Henry Resnik's book is a highly personal account of events which shook Philadelphia's public school system during a period of ap­proximately a year and a half in 1967-68. Following a dramatically successful decade of municipal reform in Philadelphia, civic reform­ers had finally turned their attention in the early 1960's to the city's schools, and had joined their efforts with those of civil rights groups and citizens concerned with education to revitalize a long neglected and badly deteriorated educational system. At the time of Resnik's first visit to Philadelphia in the fall of 1967, the educational reform movement, which had been underway since early in the decade, was itself undergoing a profound change—a change which Resnik heralded as a unique opportunity for young, bright, idealistic, and innovative people to transform a large urban school system, to make it "responsive" and "relevant," to "humanize" it; in effect, to "turn it on." The initial impetus behind this movement was provided by the city's new superintendent of schools, Mark Shedd, who... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 1, 1970, p. 157-159
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1716, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 4:20:09 PM

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