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Popular Educational Classics

A Reader

Edited By Joseph L. DeVitis

The last half century has created deep tensions in how we analyze educational and social change. Educators, policymakers, and concerned citizens have had to cope with competing belief systems in evaluating and acting upon school policies and practices. This illuminating book untangles many of the roots of those persistent debates that have divided the nation for so long. It offers readers a critical opportunity to reflect on our continuing ideological struggles by examining popular books that have made a difference in educational discourse.
The editor has specifically selected key books on social and educational controversies that speak to wide audiences. They frame contextual issues that so-called «school reformers» have often neglected – much to the detriment of any real educational progress. Ultimately, this text is meant to stir our consciences, to disorder our certainties, and to compel us to treat education and culture with both reason and passion. It is highly relevant for courses in social foundations of education, school reform, educational policy studies, philosophy of education, history of education, politics of education, curriculum studies, and teacher education.
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Kai Alston is a professor of cultural foundations of education and of gender and women’s studies at Syracuse University.

Jan Armstrong is a professor in the Department of Individual, Family and Community Education at the University of New Mexico.

Roberto H. Bahruth is a professor of literacy, applied linguistics, and bilingual education and coordinator of the master’s program at Boise State University, Idaho.

John A. Beineke is Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and also a professor of history at Arkansas State University.

Brett Elizabeth Blake is a professor of curriculum and instruction at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, where she is also a senior research fellow in the Vincentian Center for Social Justice and Poverty.

Robert W. Blake, Jr., is a professor and chair of Elementary Education at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. While he was an MAT student at Brown University, Ted Sizer was the professor who most shaped his beliefs on teaching and learning.

Sue Books is a professor of education at the State University of New York, New Paltz.

Steven P. Camicia is an associate professor of social studies education in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education at Utah State University.

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