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American School Reform: Progressive, Equity, and Excellence Movements, 1883-1993 Hardcover – December 8, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0275950361 ISBN-10: 0275950360

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (December 8, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275950360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275950361
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,331,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the Ocean Hill-Brownsville community control movement of the 1960s, the vision of Black empowerment dramatically clashed with the concept of professionalism inherited from the Progressive era. The conflict highlighted how social movements have structured the national debate about educational reform. By tracing the history of these social movements, and their impact on education, Maurice Berube has given us a significantly new insight into the differing points of view about the future of our schools."-Marilyn Gittell, Professor of Political Science Director, Howard Samuels State Manayement and Policy Center the Graduate School and University Center The City University of New York --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Berube analyzes the three great educational reform movements and shows how they were shaped by the societal forces of the Progressive Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and foreign economic competition.

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By J. Zorn on May 10, 2011
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One roots for this book to be better than it is, as it fills a niche: a brief, easily understood overview of school reform movements in the U.S. On progressivism,though, Berube is blind to the division of the movement into competing branches, what Lawrence Cremin summarizes well as "scientists, sentimentalists, and radicals." When in Berkeley in 1964, student protest leader Mario Savio squared off against University of California president Clark Kerr, both advanced "progressive" positions. An active participant in New York City's community control battle in the late `60's, Berube brings not only a distorting partisanship to "equity reform" but a wrong-headed partisanship. Sorry, but Black Power was not, as Berube thinks, an instance of identity politics, asking "Who am I?" Read Carmichael and Hamilton again, Maurice, and shame on you for stretching to find Jewish racism in NYC teachers' unwillingness just to give up labor rights won after a century of unmitigated opposition. Nor was 1960's feminism "an offshoot of the Civil Rights Movement" (p.114). Read Susan B. Anthony, Mary Garrett Hay, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman for confirmation. Correct to decry the crude prosperity-education link in A Nation at Risk, Berube rushes to condemn "excellence reform" as an elitist strategy out only to educate the best students and advance the cause of privatization. Read Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" and a few pages of ninth-grade writing from anywhere in America today to get a better glimpse of why "excellence reform" is desperately needed.
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This book provides a nice overview of several educational reform movements. The writing style is good enough that it doesn't drag too much. Sometimes, the author is too opinionated (this only occurs about 2x in the whole book). Otherwise, this is a decent, informative read.
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