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Saving Schools

From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning

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$22.50 • £18.95 • €20.50

ISBN 9780674062153

Publication Date: 11/30/2011


336 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

8 halftones, 16 line illustrations, 1 table

Belknap Press


  • Acknowledgments
  • [List of] Illustrations
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Rise
    • 1. Heroes and History
    • 2. Horace Mann and the Nation Builders
    • 3. John Dewey and the Progressives
    • 4. Martin Luther King Jr. and School Desegregation
  • Part 2: The Decline
    • 5. The Rights Movement Diversifies
    • 6. Albert Shanker and Collective Bargaining
    • 7. Money and the Adequacy Lawsuit
    • 8. William Bennett and the Demand for Accountability
  • Part 3: Signs of Resurrection
    • 9. James S. Coleman and Choice Theory
    • 10. The Practice of Choice
    • 11. Julie Young and the Promise of Technology
  • Abbreviations
  • Appendix: Figures
  • Notes
  • Index

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