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Education for Children of the Poor: A Study of the Origins and Implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965


reviewed by Marvin Lazerson - 1979

coverTitle: Education for Children of the Poor: A Study of the Origins and Implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965
Author(s): Julie Roy Jeffrey
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Perhaps never in American history has the rise and fall of the idea of education as a social panacea, one that would overcome class and racial division and hasten the emergence of a more egalitarian society, been as intense or as rapid as during the 1960s and 1970s. Julie Roy Jeffrey's Education for Children of the Poor, a study of the origins and implementation of the Elementary and Secondary School Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), documents this phenomenon, although she stresses the continuing strength of the "education as panacea" ideology in shaping social policy. In its broad outline, Jeffrey's argument is straightforward. ESEA, what Lyndon Johnson called "the most significant education bill in the history of Congress" (p. 97), was based on intellectually false premises and political naivete, and was thus unable to achieve its objectives. The legislation's framers adopted the false assumptions that educational reform could produce large-scale economic mobility... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 81 Number 1, 1979, p. 109-111
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1053, Date Accessed: 2/20/2020 5:08:14 PM

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