Reading, Writing, and Justice: School Reform as if Democracy Matters

Reading, Writing, and Justice: School Reform as if Democracy Matters

by James W. Fraser
     
 

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Defining an inclusive understanding of democracy, in which every citizen's contribution is essential to the health of the whole, James W. Fraser responds to mean-spirited attacks on multicultural education, on school funding, and on progressive education itself. Finally, he explores the democratic and antidemocratic potential in increased use of computers in schools… See more details below

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Defining an inclusive understanding of democracy, in which every citizen's contribution is essential to the health of the whole, James W. Fraser responds to mean-spirited attacks on multicultural education, on school funding, and on progressive education itself. Finally, he explores the democratic and antidemocratic potential in increased use of computers in schools and in the reform of teacher education. This is a book for teachers, parents, and other concerned citizens who care about public education, who want schools to be democratic in the best sense, and who seek ammunition for defending schools and for placing school issues in the larger context of the long struggle for a more just and humane society.

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Fraser (history and education, Northwestern U.) argues that advocates of public schools must recapture and redefine democracy so that it becomes both the purpose of public education and the model on which schools are structured. Defending a democracy that requires every voice be heard, he counters attacks on multicultural education, school funding, and progressive education. He also examines the potentials and dangers of computers in the schools. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"This book frames a critical question often overlooked in the current debate — schools and school reform for what? The author provides a clearly written and well-argued critique of the economic rationale for school reform and offers a more democratic, radical, and humanistic vision of what schools are for." — Tony Wagner, Institute for Responsive Education, Boston University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791434055
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Series:
SUNY series, INTERRUPTIONS: Border Testimony(ies) and Critical Discourse/s Series
Pages:
280

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