Unequal Opportunity

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The authors discuss the history of American education and its goals in a democratic society. The nature of the criticisms of public education and the motivations of the critics are examined. The final section includes an analysis of the significance of the public education system's possible demise, a suggested plan of action for the improvement of public education, and a Guerrilla Handbook which offers suggestions for parents wishing to secure the best possible public education ...

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Overview

The authors discuss the history of American education and its goals in a democratic society. The nature of the criticisms of public education and the motivations of the critics are examined. The final section includes an analysis of the significance of the public education system's possible demise, a suggested plan of action for the improvement of public education, and a Guerrilla Handbook which offers suggestions for parents wishing to secure the best possible public education for their children.

John Dewey said What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children. Any other idea for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon, it destroys our democracy. The authors argue that the nation's public schools must be serious about demanding equal educational opportunities without regard for affluence level, religious background, race, gender, or ethnicity.

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Arguing that the public education system in the United States is under sustained attack, Mitchell (multicultural education, Eastern Washington U.) and Salsbury (education, Eastern Washington U.) examine the criticisms leveled at the public school system by various right- wing groups and discuss their validity. They find that the twin dangers to the school system are the demands of the affluent for special treatment for their children and current educational inequality due to language differences and class and race discrimination. They insist that schools must demand equal educational opportunities regardless of affluence level, religious background, race, gender, or ethnicity and, quoting John Dewey, suggest that "Any other idea for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon, it destroys our democracy." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897897204
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Pages: 152
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

BRUCE M. MITCHELL is Professor Emeritus of Multicultural Education at Eastern Washington University. He is the co-author of The Encyclopedia of Multicultural Education and Multicultural Education in the U.S., both available from Greenwood Press.

ROBERT E. SALSBURY is Professor Emeritus of Education at Eastern Washington University. He is the co-author of The Encyclopedia of Multicultural Education and Multicultural Education in the U.S., both available from Greenwood Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 Early Beginnings of American Education 1
2 Who are the Critics and Why? 25
3 Are Private Schools Really Better? 41
4 Gifted Education: An Elitist Practice? 57
5 Multicultural Education: An Antidote to Educational Inequality 69
6 American Education and the Courts 79
7 If the Nation's Public School System Crumbles, So What? 101
8 A Blueprint for Saving the Public Schools 115
9 Epilogue 129
Selected Bibliography 133
Index 135
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