ERIC Number: ED528845
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
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The Tragedy of American School Reform: How Curriculum Politics and Entrenched Dilemmas Have Diverted Us from Democracy
Evans, Ronald W.
Two persistent dilemmas haunt school reform: curriculum politics and classroom constancy. Both undermined the 1960s' new social studies, a dynamic reform movement centered on inquiry, issues, and social activism. Dramatic academic freedom controversies ended reform and led to a conservative restoration. On one side were teachers and curriculum developers; on the other, conservative activists determined to undo the revolutions of the 1960s. The episode brought a return to traditional history, a turn away from questioning, and the re-imposition of authority. Engagingly written and thoroughly researched, "The Tragedy of American School Reform" offers a provocative perspective on current trends.
Descriptors: Tragedy, School Restructuring, Academic Freedom, Activism, Democracy, Educational Change, Politics of Education, Social Studies, Teacher Attitudes, Curriculum Development, Political Attitudes, Educational History, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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