Essay Review: Can Schools Make a Difference?
reviewed by Barry W. Holtz - 1981
Title: Essay Review: Can Schools Make a Difference?
Author(s): Michael Rutter, Barbara Maughan, Peter Mortimore, Janet Ouston
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674300262, Pages: , Year: 1982
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Ever since the founding fathers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony enacted the compulsory education laws of the 1640s so that learning may not be buried in the grave of our fathers in the church and commonwealth, Americans have staked a good deal on their schools. The school has borne an enormous burden in the American consciousness―whether it was seen as solving the injustice of racism or integrating the immigrant to American society or producing trained manpower for the factories of industrialization. In our time schools have served as the battleground for the most complex and fundamental issues confronting society, from questions of busing and desegregation to those of taxation and unionism. It may be inevitable, therefore, that we are disappointed by our schools. The attitude that through schooling we will solve the deepest ills of the nation may doom the enterprise to failure from the outset. We expect the schools to succeed... (preview truncated at 150 words.)
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