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The Shape of American Education

reviewed by David Tyack - 1976

coverTitle: The Shape of American Education
Author(s): Geraldine Clifford
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Some time ago two German exchange students took a course with me in the history of American education. They participated intelligently in discussions and wrote fine essays, and hence I was surprised when they asked me, after they had completed the course, if I could recommend "a book that would tell us about American education." What they were really puzzled about were the features of schooling that we had taken for granted as Americans. At that time I looked hard for such a book—one that would sophisticatedly analyze the obvious—and could find none that really satisfied me. Now we have a study, Geraldine Clifford's excellent text The Shape of American Education. Doubtless many of my colleagues in social foundations of education have shared my uneasiness about most textbooks in the field. In the 1950s many of these books exhibited the same faults as high school texts in civics during that consensus... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 78 Number 1, 1976, p. 143-144
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1239, Date Accessed: 5/27/2020 10:04:33 PM

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