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Education and the Retreat from Democracy in the United States, 1979-198?

by Barbara Finkelstein - 1984

The current education reform movement reveals a retreat from democracy towards a commitment to technological advancement. The dangers inherent in this trend, where schools are turned into industrial and cultural instruments rather than developers of new political visions, are discussed. (Source: ERIC)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 86 Number 2, 1984, p. 275-282
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 908, Date Accessed: 8/4/2021 4:09:39 PM

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  • Barbara Finkelstein
    University of Maryland
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    Barbara Finkelstein, is an historian of education who examines historical and cultural dimensions of education policies and practices as they have impinged on the lives of children, youth, minority groups, and women, and shaped the quality of educational opportunity available to them. She has also done extensive field work on minority group experience with literacy and school reform in both Japan and the United States, and has, through her work as Director of the International Center for the Study of Education Policy and Human Values, organized, and convened an array of research partnerships that engage teams of scholars, educators, and education planners in interdisciplinary research collaborations centering on cultural stereotyping. Among her publications are: Governing the Young: Teacher Behavior in Popular Primary Schools in Nineteenth-Century U.S.; "Education Historians as Mythmakers,"(Review of Research in Education); Transcending Stereotypes: Discovering Culture and Education in Japan and "A Crucible of Contradictions: Historical Roots of Violence Against Children in the United States."
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