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The Public School and the Private Vision: A Search for America in Education and Literature


reviewed by Ann M. Keppel - 1966

coverTitle: The Public School and the Private Vision: A Search for America in Education and Literature
Author(s): Maxine Greene
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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An ambitious undertaking, this little book raises fundamental questions about the confinements of educational history and how these confinements can be broken. As foil to the optimistic exhortations of nineteenth century educational reformers, Maxine Greene juxtaposes comments of literary figures with their "darker vision" of life. Both kinds of men—educational leaders and artists—made sense of their own experiences and, as the author notes, ordered their own reality; but the view of the world emerging from the pen of a Nathanial Hawthorne with his sense of the "power of blackness" in man's soul, of a skeptical Henry David Thoreau, a brooding Herman Melville offers quite another view than that provided by James J. Carter, Horace Mann, William T. Harris, or Edward A. Sheldon. This search for a more "real" America is placed against the background of "the large articulations in our history," the major events experienced by those who saw them... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 68 Number 1, 1966, p. 79-79
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2227, Date Accessed: 9/30/2020 10:33:23 AM

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