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Essay Review: Educating the Masses and Reforming the City: Another Look at the Gary Plan


reviewed by Ronald K. Goodenow - 1982

coverTitle: Essay Review: Educating the Masses and Reforming the City: Another Look at the Gary Plan
Author(s): Ronald D. Cohen, Raymond A. Mohl
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0804692378, Pages: , Year:
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No American industrial community has enjoyed a more influential and controversial educational past than the steel town of Gary, Indiana. As the title of this new book by Ronald Cohen and Raymond Mohl suggests, moreover, this legacy has been a paradoxical one because of Garyís embrace of progressive education. From 1908 to 1938, the years William Wirt served as superintendent of schools, it gave the world the Gary Work-Study-Play Plan, Wirtís scheme by which students were assigned to platoons that worked alternately at traditional academic subjects and at more specialized activities, including art, music, science laboratories, theater, field trips, and physical education. Making highly efficient use of the schoolís physical plant, what became known as the Gary Plan seemed to reflect mass production techniques used in nearby mills that, as many critics have reminded us over the years, probably needed a properly socialized and selected work force. When manual training,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 83 Number 3, 1982, p. 467-473
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 750, Date Accessed: 8/12/2020 11:59:47 PM

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  • Ronald Goodenow
    Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
    Ronald K. Goodenow teaches at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Among his recent publications are two books, Educating an Urban People: The New York Experience (with Diane Ravitch) and Education and the Rise of the New South (with Arthur O. White).
 
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