Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning

Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning

by Paul E. Peterson
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Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning

Saving Schools traces the story of the rise, decline, and potential resurrection of American public schools through the lives and ideas of six mission-driven reformers: Horace Mann, John Dewey, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Shanker, William Bennett, and James Coleman. Yet schools did not become the efficient, egalitarian, and high-quality educational institutions these reformers envisioned. Indeed, the unintended consequences of their legacies shaped today’s flawed educational system, in which political control of stagnant American schools has shifted away from families and communities to larger, more centralized entities—initially to bigger districts and eventually to control by states, courts, and the federal government.

Peterson’s tales help to explain how nation building, progressive education, the civil rights movement, unionization, legalization, special education, bilingual teaching, accountability, vouchers, charters, and homeschooling have, each in a different way, set the stage for a new era in American education.

Now, under the impact of rising cost, coupled with the possibilities unleashed by technological innovation, schooling may be transformed through virtual learning. The result could be a personalized, customized system of education in which families have greater choice and control over their children’s education than at any time since our nation was founded.

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ISBN-13: 9780674050112
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • [List of] Illustrations
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Rise

    • 1. Heroes and History
    • 2. Horace Mann and the Nation Builders
    • 3. John Dewey and the Progressives
    • 4. Martin Luther King Jr. and School Desegregation

  • Part 2: The Decline

    • 5. The Rights Movement Diversifies
    • 6. Albert Shanker and Collective Bargaining
    • 7. Money and the Adequacy Lawsuit
    • 8. William Bennett and the Demand for Accountability

  • Part 3: Signs of Resurrection

    • 9. James S. Coleman and Choice Theory
    • 10. The Practice of Choice
    • 11. Julie Young and the Promise of Technology

  • Abbreviations
  • Appendix: Figures
  • Notes
  • Index

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Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning 1.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only rated 1 * because it is lowest bad book
Booknut62 More than 1 year ago
Peterson's book is all about Saving Schools Hoover Institute style. In this book he basically bends educational history to the sacred tenets of the Hoover Institute, School vouchers and choice. He blames the decline of public education on an increasingly litigious society (the lawyers) and the liberal boogeymen (ACLU). He also blames the decline in public education on teacher unions who, according to his dictates, are only selfishly looking out for their interests. Another cause for the decline of American public education is the push for more funding when, just as it is decreed in Hoover Institute dictates: "Schools have enough money, they just don't spend it wisely." This book showed promise of having original ideas and thoughts in it, but instead you get the same old tired Hooverian arguments for what amounts to doing away with public education. I'm afraid this one will go to the yard sale table for 25 cents, if I can sell it for that much.