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The Myth of the Common School Paperback – October 23, 2002

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Charles Leslie Glenn, Jr. is professor in the Department of Administration, Training and Policy Studies, and Fellow of the University Professors Program at Boston University.
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  • Paperback: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Institute for Contemporary Studies; 1 edition (October 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558155228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558155220
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,649,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Charles Leslie Glenn believes in the most noble objectives of public schools, but he is careful to think about whether those objectives have been achieved. While he was a state education official in Massachusetts he had unmatched access to archival material about Horace Mann and Mann's efforts to establish compulsory school attendance in the United States. Glenn also uses his knowledge of French and Dutch and his first-hand experience with Europe to provide historical and comparative perspective on what was happening in other countries at the same time the United States made government-operated schools compulsory. The Myth of the Common School is so thoroughly researched that the footnotes alone are worth the price of the book, but the thinking in the book is so original and deep that Glenn helps you learn things none of the earlier authors have put together so clearly and convincingly. A fine book, not to be missed.
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