Normative, Technical, and Political Dimensions of Creating New Educational Communities
by Jeannie Oakes - 1995
Turn-of-the-century school reform was a compromise, an accommodation to the complex interactions between concepts of democratic schooling and perceptions of social differentiation from wider ideological, social, and economic contetxs. An important effect was to channel poor children—children who were not "smart"—into subordinated school curricula which would lead to subordinate economic and political roles and to restricted social mobility. This compromise—the battle that Charles Eliot lost—has shaped schooling throughout the twentieth century.
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