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The Good High School

reviewed by Frances Bolin - 1984

coverTitle: The Good High School
Author(s): Sara Lawrence Lightfoot
Publisher: Basic Books, New York
ISBN: 0465026966, Pages: 416, Year: 1985
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Sara Lawrence Lightfoot’s The Good High School comes as a welcome respite from a year-long string of gloomy reports about American education. Her focus on goodness, in itself, sets a direction overlooked in the many assessments and recommendations that link the mission of high schools to production of a skilled labor force, maintenance of law and order, and preservation of national security. Lightfoot implicitly asks what kind of society would issue from schooling that promotes and is characterized by a goodness that is not instrumental to other purposes. Lightfoot intends to vividly and accurately portray six high schools from inside out and to examine their goodness. Goodness, here, refers to a definition of the quality by schools themselves and to a dynamic quality that cannot be measured by a single indicator of effectiveness. Lightfoot sees this as a complicated notion relating to a mix of people and elements within a school,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 86 Number 1, 1984, p. 249-251
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 951, Date Accessed: 6/18/2021 4:55:52 PM

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