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Someone has to fail : the zero-sum game of public schooling

Author: David F Labaree
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2010.
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"What do we really want from schools? Only everything, in all its contradictions. Most of all, we want access and opportunity for all children--but all possible advantages for our own. So argues historian David Labaree in this provocative look at the way 'this archetype of dysfunction works so well at what we want it to do even as it evades what we explicitly ask it to do.' Ever since the common school movement of  Read more...
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Labaree, David F., 1947-
Someone has to fail.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2010
(DLC) 2010012646
(OCoLC)555658416
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David F Labaree
ISBN: 9780674058866 0674058860
OCLC Number: 709593063
Description: 1 online resource (304 pages)
Contents: From citizens to consumers --
Founding the American school system --
The progressive effort to reshape the system --
Organizational resistance to reform --
Classroom resistance to reform --
Failing to solve social problems --
The limits of school learning --
Living with the school syndrome.
Responsibility: David F. Labaree.

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Shows how the very organization of the locally controlled, administratively limited school system makes reform difficult. This title looks at the way that unintended consequences of consumer choices  Read more...

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The book is only 280 pages long, but so rich in contrarian assaults on cherished American assumptions I cannot adequately summarize it...[Labaree's] candor and depth encourage humility. All of us Read more...

 
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