The Impossible Dream: Education and the Search for Panaceas

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The history of American schooling is replete with evidence of the American proclivity to seek the panacea. The American education landscape is dotted with educational reformers, who in their zeal proclaimed that the sure-fire remedy they were proposing was a clinch to completely solve a given challenge or problem. Their proposed magic elixir, advanced with total confidence, would take effect after the time of its implementation and would bring paradise in at least part of the educational world. Indigenous to this...
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The history of American schooling is replete with evidence of the American proclivity to seek the panacea. The American education landscape is dotted with educational reformers, who in their zeal proclaimed that the sure-fire remedy they were proposing was a clinch to completely solve a given challenge or problem. Their proposed magic elixir, advanced with total confidence, would take effect after the time of its implementation and would bring paradise in at least part of the educational world. Indigenous to this position is educators' steadfast unwillingness to learn from the wisdom of the accumulated past resulting in a never-ending parade of reforms. Though these reforms are often worthwhile in themselves - with some of more worth than others, they share the same fate and suffer a similar unhappy ending, only to see the process born again and begun anew.
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Hunt (formerly education, Virginia Tech) considers the search by education reformers for panaceas throughout American history. He presents a number of educational innovations and describes the reasons they were promoted, what conflicts arose because of them, and what resulted from their implementation. Topics include, for example, the role of Bible-reading in the schools in the 1800s, the Life Adjustment movement of the 1940s, and more recent school-to- work programs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 The Common School Movement 1
Ch. 2 The Bible and Its Reading 10
Ch. 3 The "American" Public School 22
Ch. 4 The Hampton Model 36
Ch. 5 The Era of Social Efficiency: Part I. Immigration, Urbanization, and Industrialization 50
Ch. 6 The Era of Social Efficiency: Part II. Vocational Education 66
Ch. 7 The Era of Social Efficiency: Part III. Secondary Education 87
Ch. 8 Life Adjustment Education and Its Critics 98
Ch. 9 The War on Poverty 115
Ch. 10 Open Education 127
Ch. 11 The Age of Accountability 140
Ch. 12 Performance Contracting 158
Ch. 13 Behavioral Objectives 175
Ch. 14 Career Education 190
Ch. 15 Year-Round Education 214
Ch. 16 School-to-Work: Part I. The Law 235
Ch. 17 School-to-Work: Part II. In the Wake of STWOA 249
Ch. 18 School-to-Work: Part III. 1997-1999: The Later Years 266
Index 289
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