Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyA ``memorial to public education as the guardian of a democratic and egalitarian public culture in the United States,'' this book examines the history of class and education in terms of the changing, troubled relationship between public schooling and the American working class. The dwindling of equal access to education as a civil right is traced by Katznelson, a professor at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan, and Weir, a program coordinator at the University of Chicago. They focus on two major public school systems, Chicago and San Francisco. The case for the revival of democratic civic culture is extensively documented in this scholarly study with material from the earliest years of the republic to the troubled present. December 10
Library Journal - Library JournalTwo political scientists pose these ``re ciprocal questions'': How has the Amer ican working class shaped the develop ment of public education? and How have schools shaped the development of the working class? In answering, they pre sent a well-documented (excellent bibli ography) history of the Chicago and San Francisco school systems, from before those cities were formed to the urban- flight problems of today. The authors' discussion of the decline of the demo cratic educational system and their call for a return to ``schooling for all'' will interest social historians and those con cerned with the social foundations of education. Annelle R. Huggins, Mem phis State Univ. Lib., Tenn.
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