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From "Backwardness" to "At-Risk": Childhood Learning Difficulties and the Contradictions of School Reform

by Barry M. Franklin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791419088

ISBN-13: 9780791419083

Pub. Date: 07/01/1994

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book examines the joint effort of twentieth-century public school administrators and private philanthropy to initiate reforms to provide for children with learning difficulties. The author explores the development of these reforms from the establishment of special classes for backward children at the beginning of the century to the creation of programs for

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This book examines the joint effort of twentieth-century public school administrators and private philanthropy to initiate reforms to provide for children with learning difficulties. The author explores the development of these reforms from the establishment of special classes for backward children at the beginning of the century to the creation of programs for learning disabled children. He considers what this history tells us about current efforts to provide for at-risk students. He looks at both the way school administrators conceptualized childhood learning difficulties and the institutional arrangements which they introduced to accommodate these students, and pays particular attention to the preference of school administrators throughout this century for accommodating low achieving children in segregated classes and programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791419083
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/01/1994
Series:
SUNY series, Youth Social Services, Schooling, and Public Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by William J. Reese

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Learning Difficulties and the American Public School: A Conceptual Framework

2. Educating Atlanta's Backward Children, 1898–1924

3. From Backwardness to L.D.: Medicalizing the Discourse of Learning Difficulties

4. Private Philanthropy and the Education of Children with Learning Difficulties: From the Junior League School for Speech Correction to Whittaker Center

5. The Struggle for School Reform in Minneapolis:Building Public School Programs for Low-Achieving Youth, 1930–1970

Epilogue: At-Risk Children and the Common School Ideal

Notes

Bibliographical Note

Index

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