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The School Fix, NYC, USA

reviewed by David Rogers 1971

coverTitle: The School Fix, NYC, USA
Author(s): Miriam Wasserman
Publisher: Outerbridge and Dienstfrey, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 568, Year: 1970
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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.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 3, 1971, p. 459-461
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1723, Date Accessed: 10/19/2018 10:04:36 AM

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