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The One Best System

A History of American Urban Education

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$37.00 • £29.95 • €33.50

ISBN 9780674637825

Publication Date: 01/01/1974


368 pages

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

15 halftones, 2 line illustrations, 5 tables


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  • Prologue
  • I. The One Best System in Microcosm: Community and Consolidation in Rural Education
    • The School as a Community and the Community as a School
    • “The Rural School Problem” and Power to the Professional
  • II. From Village School to Urban System: Bureaucratization in the Nineteenth Century
    • Swollen Villages and the Need for Coordination
    • Creating the One Best System
    • Teachers and the Male Mystique
    • Attendance, Voluntary and Coerced
    • Some Functions of Schooling
  • III. The Politics of Pluralism: Nineteenth-Century Patterns
    • Critics and Dissenters
    • Configurations of Control
    • Lives Routinized yet Insecure: Teachers and School Politics
    • Cultural Conflicts: Religion and Ethnicity
    • A Struggle Lonely and Unequal: The Burden of Race
  • IV. Centralization and the Corporate Model: Contests for Control of Urban Schools, 1890–1940
    • An Interlocking Directorate and Its Blueprint for Reform
    • Conflicts of Power and Values: Case Studies of Centralization
    • Political Structure and Political Behavior
  • V. Inside the System: The Character of Urban Schools, 1890–1940
    • Success Story: The Administrative Progressives
    • Science
    • Victims without “Crimes”: Black Americans
    • Americanization: Match and Mismatch
    • “Lady Labor Sluggers” and the Professional Proletariat
  • Epilogue: The One Best System under Fire, 1940–1973
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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