Social Class, Social Action, And Education: The Failure of Progressive Democracy

Perfect | September 15, 2010

byAaron Schutz

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Middle-class progressives in the early 20th Century wanted to transform a corrupt and chaotic industrial America into an “authentic” democracy.  But they were led astray by their privilege. Focused on enhancing the voices of individuals, generations of progressives remained blind to the rich culture of “democratic solidarity” infusing labor unions and organizing in poor communities. This book traces the problematic evolution of progressive democracy in America, focusing on schools as a key site of progressive practice. At the same time, it examines alternative strategies for developing more empowering approaches to democratic education and collective action.

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Middle-class progressives in the early 20th Century wanted to transform a corrupt and chaotic industrial America into an “authentic” democracy.  But they were led astray by their privilege. Focused on enhancing the voices of individuals, generations of progressives remained blind to the rich culture of “democratic solidarity” infusing ...

Aaron Schutz is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His work has appeared in a wide range of leading journals including American Journal of Educational Research, Teachers College Record, Educational Researcher, and Review of Educational R...

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Format:PerfectDimensions:269 pages, 8.3 × 5.6 × 0.9 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230105912

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Table of Contents

PART I: OVERVIEW * Social Class and Social Action * PART II: COLLABORATIVE PROGRESSIVISM * John Dewey’s Conundrum: Can Democratic Schools Empower? * John Dewey and a “Paradox of Size”: Faith at the Limits of Experience * PART III: PERSONALIST PROGRESSIVISM * The Lost Vision of 1920s Personalists * The Free Schools Movement * PART IV: DEMOCRATIC SOLIDARITY * Community Organizing: A Working-Class Approach to Democratic Empowerment * PART V: CASE STUDY * Social Class and Social Action in the Civil Rights Movement * PART VI: CONCLUSION * Building Bridges?