Power and the Promise of School Reform: Grassroots Movements During the Progressive Era

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Teachers College Press, 2002 - Education - 308 pages
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Now published by Teachers College Press, this classic text includes new photographs and a new Introduction by Jeffrey Mirel that brings the book up to date.Power and the Promise of School Reform remains the foremost volume to examine how grass-roots movements operated during the early twentieth century to shape urban education in the United States. Carefully researched and elegantly written, Power and the Promise of School Reform moves effortlessly from impassioned Socialist party meetings to smoky union halls, from fervent gatherings of urban radicals to quiet teas with upper-class women reformers. Reese explores the ways in which these diverse community groups struggled to make local schools responsive institutions in a time of dramatic change.
 

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Contents

The Origins of Mass Education and the Dawn of Progressivism
1
Municipal Housekeepers
27
Voices of Discontent
56
A Better Class of Men
79
An Age of Centralization and Grassroots Reform
100
Vacation Schools Playgrounds and Educational Extension
131
The Spirit of the Little Red Schoolhouse
158
The School Health Movement
186
World War I and the Contradictions of School Reform
213
Notes
231
Bibliography
283
Index
297
About the Author
308
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William J. Reese is a professor of educational policy studies, history, and European studies at the University of Wisconsin--Madison.

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