Changing Classes: School Reform and the New Economy

Changing Classes: School Reform and the New Economy

by Martin Packer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521642345

ISBN-13: 9780521642347

Pub. Date: 11/27/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Changing Classes tells the story of Willow Run, a small, poor, ethnically-mixed town in Michigan's rust belt, a community in turmoil over the announced closing of a nearby auto assembly plant. As teachers and administrators began to find ways to make schooling more relevant to working-class children, two large-scale school reform initiatives swept into town:

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Overview

Changing Classes tells the story of Willow Run, a small, poor, ethnically-mixed town in Michigan's rust belt, a community in turmoil over the announced closing of a nearby auto assembly plant. As teachers and administrators began to find ways to make schooling more relevant to working-class children, two large-scale school reform initiatives swept into town: the Governor's "market-place" reforms and the National Science Foundation's "state systemic initiative." Against the backdrop of a post-fordist economy, the author shows complex linkages at work as society structures the development of children to adulthood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521642347
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/27/2000
Series:
Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The Class of 2001; 2. Blue Monday: December, 1991–February, 1992; 3. Vehicle of reform, drivers of change; 4. America's birthday; 5. The last First Day; 6. Willow run is America: the 1940s and 50s; 7. Crossing to the new economy; 8. End of year report cards; 9. Rest and relaxation?; 10. Caught in the middle; 11. The change game; 12. The future of the kids coming behind us; 13. Quality or equality?; 14. Coda; Notes.

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