Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning

Paul E. Peterson (Author)
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Saving Schools traces the story of the rise, decline, and potential resurrection of American public schools through the lives and ideas of six mission-driven reformers: Horace Mann, John Dewey, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Shanker, William Bennett, and James Coleman. Yet schools did not become the efficient, egalitarian, and high-quality educational institutions these reformers envisioned. Indeed, the unintended consequences of their legacies shaped today's flawed educational system, in which political control of stagnant American schools has shifted away from families and communities to larger, more centralized entities--initially to bigger districts and eventually to control by states, courts, and the federal government.

Peterson's tales help to explain how nation building, progressive education, the civil rights movement, unionization, legalization, special education, bilingual teaching, accountability, vouchers, charters, and homeschooling have, each in a different way, set the stage for a new era in American education.

Now, under the impact of rising cost, coupled with the possibilities unleashed by technological innovation, schooling may be transformed through virtual learning. The result could be a personalized, customized system of education in which families have greater choice and control over their children's education than at any time since our nation was founded.

Product Details

Price
$22.50
Publisher
Belknap Press
Publish Date
November 30, 2011
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.57 X 0.84 X 8.29 inches | 0.67 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780674062153
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About the Author

Paul E. Peterson is Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and Director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University. He is the author or editor of many books, including Schools and the Equal Opportunity Problem, coedited with Ludger Woessmann (MIT Press, 2007).