The School Fix, NYC, USAreviewed by David Rogers — 1971
Top federal officials have become increasingly annoyed with what
they refer to as the "crisis rhetoric" of many education critics.
If not always urging "benign neglect," these officials would at
least prefer a toning down of the attacks on the schools, while
they figure out what is wrong and what to do about it. It is, of
course, true that most major works on inner city schools have been
of the expose genre. Their wide array of horror stories and their
apocalyptic imagery—"death at an early age," "growing up
absurd"—have begun to be repetitive. Yet the schools'
seemingly unlimited capacity to resist change and their despotic
nature indicate that the criticisms are still warranted.
Miriam Wasserman, a former New York City teacher and student of
that city's depressing school politics, has written what may well
become the definitive work in this tradition. Combining astuteness
in political analysis with rich clinical materials on typical
school situations, she analyzes the New York City schools as a
microcosm of... (preview truncated at 150 words.) Title:
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- David Rogers
New York University