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To Make A Difference: Teaching in the Inner City


reviewed by Esther M. Westervelt - 1971

coverTitle: To Make A Difference: Teaching in the Inner City
Author(s): Larry Cuban
Publisher: Free Press, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 269, Year: 1970
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An academician examining literature on inner city education today is confronted with an embarrassment of riches. He finds heart-rending descriptions of the tragic plight of the ghetto student, theoretical discussions on the operation and interaction of factors associated with the tragedy, reports of experiments, and grand designs for reform. These earnest works, despite their probable contribution to a few isolated and apparently successful innovative programs, have done little, unfortunately, to alleviate the difficulties faced by urban teachers and children. Nevertheless, despite the deprivations, restrictions, and rigidities which characterize urban schools, teachers and children sometimes still succeed in realizing their shared and separate hopes for education. Much of the literature addressed to classroom teachers, because it is apt to be superficial, irrelevant, or abstract, tells little about the secret of such successes. Larry Cuban's To Make A Difference is an exception nevertheless and for this we should be thankful. Books on inner city education are rarely written by teachers of long experience in the field. Cuban has broken this... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 3, 1971, p. 477-479
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1696, Date Accessed: 7/21/2019 7:07:06 AM

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