ISBN-10:
0674892836
ISBN-13:
9780674892835
Pub. Date:
03/28/1997
Publisher:
Harvard
Tinkering toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform / Edition 1

Tinkering toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform / Edition 1

by David B. Tyack, Larry Cuban

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ISBN-13: 9780674892835
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 139,444
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

David B. Tyack (1930–2016) was Vida Jacks Professor of Education, Emeritus, and Professor of History, Emeritus, at Stanford University.

Larry Cuban is Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University and past president of the American Educational Research Association.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Learning from the Past

1. Progress or Regress?

2. Policy Cycles and Institutional Trends

3. How Schools Change Reforms

4. Why the Grammar of Schooling Persists

5. Reinventing Schooling

Epilogue: Looking toward the Future

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

What People are Saying About This

If I could place one book before the many people--from legislators to business and civic groups--calling for school reform, it would be Tinkering toward Utopia. It is a wise and sobering book. Tyack and Cuban raise caution about the quick fix or the "visionary" solution and remind us of the power of the hard, day-to-day human work of social change.

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Tinkering toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lukeasrodgers on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Would have been 4.5 because I thought that some chapters could have used greater detail. Drew significantly on the work of Richard Elmore and Milbrey McLaughlin. I actually think it could have profited from a stronger voice, and could have been more critical.Situating school reform in the context of efforts to reform public institutions (e.g. health sector) would also have been illuminating. Nevertheless, a very good book.