The Democratic Dilemma of American Education: Out of Many, One? by Arnold ShoberThe Democratic Dilemma of American Education: Out of Many, One? by Arnold Shober

The Democratic Dilemma of American Education: Out of Many, One?

byArnold Shober

Paperback | March 1, 2012

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 280 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


This compelling new book asks: How can American education policy be consistent with democratic ideals? Robust democracy is the combination of participation, self-rule, equality, understanding, and inclusion, but these norms can produce contradictory policy. Local control in education policy can undermine educational equality. Participation in teachers unions can improve working conditions but thwart self-rule by local taxpayers. The Democratic Dilemma of American Education draws on contemporary research in political science and education policy to offer remarkably balanced insights into these challenging issues. Expertly navigating through local, state, and federal layers of education policy, Arnold Shober examines contemporary controversies over education governance, teachers unions and collective bargaining, school funding, school choice, academic accountability, and desegregation. Shober describes the inherent practical dilemmas of current policy and the difficulties policymakers face in overcoming them to produce lasting educational reform in a democratic, federal system of government. Timely, engaging, and accessible, this is the ideal resource for courses in public policy as well as education and politics.
Arnold Shoberis assistant professor of government at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. His publications includeSplintered Accountability: State Governance and Education Reformand articles inPeabody Journal of Education,Journal of Policy Analysis and Management,Policy Studies Journal, and others.
Title:The Democratic Dilemma of American Education: Out of Many, One?Format:PaperbackDimensions:290 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2012Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813345367

ISBN - 13:9780813345369

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

1. Out of Many, One? Public Policy Democratic Norms Conclusion Suggested Readings 2. Structuring Democracy in American Education Governing American Education Federal Institutions State Institutions Local Institutions School Institutions Conclusion Suggested Readings 3. Including Americans The Problem: What's Race Got to Do with It? Healing Hearts Through Desegregation ... Or Healing Minds Through Academic Achievement? Evaluating Federal Action Conclusion Suggested Readings 4. When Equity Is Not Adequate The Problem: Provision or Production? Measuring Policy Effectiveness: Inputs, Outputs, and Outcomes From Financial Equity to Adequacy Inequity and Its Remedies Conclusion Suggested Readings 5. Participation and the Picket Line Growth of Group Politics in Education Group Benefits and Contemporary Teachers' Unions Contesting Union Strength Unions and Merit Pay: Teaching for Results Conclusion Suggested Readings 6. Understanding History, Understanding Students Defining Understanding Parents, Puritans, and Progressives National or Federal Understanding? The Growth of Curriculum Standards Conclusion Suggested Readings 7. Self-Rule and Structuring Success Education's Toll Road School Choice as Self-Rule Conclusion Suggested Readings 8. Devolving the Dilemma? Inclusion Equity Participation Understanding Self-Rule Out of Many, One? Appendix: Timeline of American Educational Policy

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Democratic Dilemma of American Education by Arnold Shober"This book fills a real need in the field of education policy. Shober skillfully uses important concepts in public policy and political science to demonstrate how fundamental democratic values shape current education debates, regarding merit pay, school choice, education funding, testing, accountability, and other areas. This book is a great fit for undergraduate courses in public policy, public administration, and education. It provides an unbiased, easy-to-understand presentation of the leading academic, historical, and political debates in education policy."—David J. Fleming, Furman University"The Democratic Dilemma of American Education serves as a sophisticated introduction to the problems and successes of education in America. As Shober so cogently argues those issues are imbedded in our democratic approach to educating our children. This perspective blends the best of policy scholarship and democratic theory."—John F. Witte, University of Wisconsin-Madison"[The Democratic Dilemma of American Education] is well written and easily accessible for undergraduates, and includes a useful time line of key moments in the history of educational policy."—Choice