The American Dream and the Public Schools

Paperback | May 30, 2005

byJennifer L. Hochschild, Nathan Scovronick

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The American Dream and the Public Schools examines issues that have excited and divided Americans for years, including desegregation, school funding, testing, vouchers, bilingual education, and ability grouping. While these are all separate problems, much of the contention over them comes downto the same thing--an apparent conflict between policies designed to promote each student's ability to succeed and those designed to insure the good of all students or the nation as a whole. The authors show how policies to promote individual success too often benefit only those already privilegedby race or class, and often conflict with policies that are intended to benefit everyone. They propose a framework that builds on our nation's rapidly changing population in order to help Americans get past acrimonious debates about schooling. Their goal is to make public education work better sothat all children can succeed.

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The American Dream and the Public Schools examines issues that have excited and divided Americans for years, including desegregation, school funding, testing, vouchers, bilingual education, and ability grouping. While these are all separate problems, much of the contention over them comes downto the same thing--an apparent conflict bet...

Jennifer Hochschild is Professor of Government at Harvard University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Afro-American Studies and the author of Facing Up to the American Dream. Nathan Scovronick teaches education policy and directs the undergraduate program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.98 inPublished:May 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Most liberals will love this book, and most conservatives won't. But all who want to learn about American education can benefit enormously from reading it. Hochschild and Scovronick cover the most fundamental educational issues of our time, linking the problems and prospects of Americaneducation with the most basic values of our culture. The result is a big-picture analysis that is at once genuinely informative and intellectually challenging."--Terry Moe, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University