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ERIC Number: EJ1153721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1750-8487
Is the Liberal Defense of Public Schools a Fantasy?
Merry, Michael S.; New, William S.
Critical Studies in Education, v58 n3 p373-389 2017
In this paper, we offer a Leftist critique of standard liberal defenses of the public school. We suggest that the standard arguments employed by mainstream liberal defenders of the public school are generally inadequate because they fail to provide a credible representation of their historical object, let alone effective remedies to our current problems. Indeed, many of these narratives, in our view, are grounded in fantasies about what public schools, or teaching and learning, are or could be, as much as they are grounded in the historical realities of public schools or the realities of so-called privatization. We speculate whether the self-identification of the proponents of this cause as "progressive" is not part of this ideological construction and if the underlying political agenda is not in fact more conservative.
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Language: English
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