Reforming Schools: Working within a Progressive Tradition during Conservative Times (Google eBook)

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SUNY Press, Feb 1, 2012 - Education - 170 pages
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In Reforming Schools, Jesse Goodman discusses the possibilities, struggles, and complexities involved in reforming today’s schools. Drawing from his own experiences at the Harmony Education Center—a progressive educational center he helped establish in 1990—Goodman offers a vision of how to persevere at a time when many progressive educators are feeling discouraged. He focuses on practical ideas for reform, such as establishing school autonomy; creating democratic structures, rituals, and values upon which school reform discourse can be generated; and by addressing the current conservative agenda, how to influence what happens in our nation’s public schools. By situating school reform within a progressive history of Western society, the author offers valuable insights and ideas that are alternatives to both the conservative and the radical left analyses of schools and society.
  

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Contents

The Conservative Restoration
1
Harmony Education Centerin Its Historical Context
23
Issues of School Autonomy
39
4 Constructing a Democratic Foundation for SchoolBased Reform Discourse
55
Discourses of SchoolBased Reform
81
Reflections from the Field
99
NOTES
121
R EF ER EN C ES
127
I N D EX
141
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About the author (2012)

Jesse Goodman is Professor of Education and American Studies at Indiana University at Bloomington and the author of Elementary Schooling for Critical Democracy, also published by SUNY Press.

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