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The importance of being urban : designing the progressive school district, 1890-1940

Author: David Gamson
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019.
Series: Historical studies of urban America.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the 1890s through World War II, the greatest hopes of American progressive reformers lay not in the government, the markets, or other seats of power but in urban school districts and classrooms. The Importance of Being Urban focuses on four western school systems - in Denver, Oakland, Portland, and Seattle - and their efforts to reconfigure public education in the face of rapid industrialization and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Gamson
ISBN: 9780226634685 022663468X
OCLC Number: 1104837827
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction: district progressives and the progressive school district --
The race for urban status --
The plans and principles of district progressivism --
Educating efficient citizens in Oakland, California --
Pioneering practice in the public schools of Denver, Colorado --
Competing visions for a progressive Portland, Oregon --
Evolution not revolution in the public schools of Seattle, Washington --
Conclusion: designing the democratic school district.
Series Title: Historical studies of urban America.
Responsibility: David A. Gamson.

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From the 1890s through World War II, the greatest hopes of American progressive reformers lay not in the government, the markets, or other seats of power but in urban school districts and classrooms. The Importance of Being Urban focuses on four western school systems - in Denver, Oakland, Portland, and Seattle - and their efforts to reconfigure public education in the face of rapid industrialization and the perceived perils [GDA1] of the modern city. In an era of accelerated immigration, shifting economic foundations, and widespread municipal shake-ups, reformers argued that the urban school district could provide the broad blend of social, cultural, and educational services needed to prepare students for twentieth-century life. These school districts were a crucial force not only in orchestrating educational change, but in delivering on the promise of democracy. David A. Gamson's book provides eye-opening views of the histories of American education, urban politics, and the Progressive Era.

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