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Growing up in America

Author: Fred M Hechinger; Grace Hechinger
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, [1975]
Series: Aspects of American life and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Growing up in America is a landmark book that shows the startling parallel between growing up in American and the growing up of America. Underlying this central theme is the fact that schools, from nursery to university cannot ever build a democratic society in isolation from the main currents of American life. Education emerges a America's invisible and often misunderstood frontier. Its promise, though less  Read more...
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Hechinger, Fred M.
Growing up in America.
New York : McGraw-Hill, [1975]
(OCoLC)607748791
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fred M Hechinger; Grace Hechinger
ISBN: 007027715X 9780070277151
OCLC Number: 1176863
Description: 451 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Dreams and realities --
School on the hill --
Pragmatic visionaries --
The new Americans --
Blackboard politics --
American childhood: The utopian myth --
The Black ordeal --
Mass-producing the American dream --
Students: uncertain vanguard --
The unfinished promise.
Series Title: Aspects of American life and culture.
Responsibility: Fred M. & Grace Hechinger.

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Growing up in America is a landmark book that shows the startling parallel between growing up in American and the growing up of America. Underlying this central theme is the fact that schools, from nursery to university cannot ever build a democratic society in isolation from the main currents of American life. Education emerges a America's invisible and often misunderstood frontier. Its promise, though less enticed generation after generation of children to push forward into territory that had been strange and forbidding to their parents. National politics and institutional policies are shown to have affected the educational experience of American Families. In Growing up in America the actual lives of children, parents, and teachers are brought into focus, revealing the tug-of-war between elitist privilege and egalitarian promise, the worlds of affluence and poverty, and the radically different realities confronted y the poor, the Blacks, and women. As it traces the cycles of educational reforms and politics, the book cuts through the distortions that have often resulted form the smug claims of the Establishment as well as from the anti-establishment idealogues. It shatters the legend of America as a childhood utopia. -- publisher description.

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