Democracy and Schooling in California: The Legacy of Helen Heffernan and Corinne Seeds

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

byKathleen Weiler

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Helen Heffernan and Corinne Seeds were nationally recognized as leaders of the progressive education movement and were key figures in what was probably the most concerted attempt to put the ideals of progressive education into practice in a state-wide system of public education in the United States. This book examines the struggle over public education in mid-twentieth century America through the lens of a joint biography of these two extraordinary women, Heffernan, the California Commissioner of Rural and Elementary Education between 1926 and 1965, and Seeds, the Director of the University Elementary school at UCLA between 1925 and 1957.

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Helen Heffernan and Corinne Seeds were nationally recognized as leaders of the progressive education movement and were key figures in what was probably the most concerted attempt to put the ideals of progressive education into practice in a state-wide system of public education in the United States. This book examines the struggle over...

Kathleen Weiler is a professor in the Department of Education at Tufts University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.65 × 6.13 × 0.92 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230338240

ISBN - 13:9780230338241

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Table of Contents

Working Girls of the Golden West *The Child and the Curriculum *Dare the School Build a New Social Order? *Was Progressive Education Progressive? *Love and War *Prejudice * The Battle of Westwood Hills *Exporting Democracy/Defending Democracy *'Progressive' Education is Subverting America *How to Teach the California Child *The Long Retreat from Democratic Education

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"Kathleen Weiler's Democracy and Schooling in California is a crowning achievement for this distinguished scholar who has written some of the most significant books over the past quarter century in feminist educational theory, practice, and activism. In this work, Weiler spins an impeccably crafted, yet provocative historical analysis of the intertwined lives and works of two powerful women educators of the Progressive Era, Helen Heffernan and Corinne Seeds. I am left with a transformed understanding of how it is that California's public schools came to be among the nation's finest by mid-twentieth century." - Jackie M. Blount, The Ohio State University"Together, Corrine Seeds and Helen Heffernan helped lead the campaign that made California's schools a model for the nation of democratic education. Combining a profound engagement with social theory and exemplary empirical research, Kathleen Weiler's terrific account of the couple and the network of educators with whom they worked illuminates how schools come to protect or challenge gender, class and racial domination. Democracy and Schooling in California is history that speaks to our most pressing questions." - Daniel Perlstein, University of California, Berkeley