The American Dream and the Public Schools

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Oxford University Press, Mar 6, 2003 - Education - 320 pages
The American Dream and the Public Schools examines issues that have excited and divided Americans for years, including desegregation, school funding, testing, vouchers, bilingual education, and ability grouping. While these are all separate problems, much of the contention over them comes down to the same thing--an apparent conflict between policies designed to promote each student's ability to succeed and those designed to insure the good of all students or the nation as a whole. The authors show how policies to promote individual success too often benefit only those already privileged by race or class, and often conflict with policies that are intended to benefit everyone. They propose a framework that builds on our nation's rapidly changing population in order to help Americans get past acrimonious debates about schooling. Their goal is to make public education work better so that all children can succeed.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 What Americans Want from Public Schools
9
2 School Desegregation
28
3 School Finance Reform
52
4 School Reform
77
5 Choice
107
6 Separation and Inclusion
133
7 Challenging the American Dream
168
8 Public Schools in the New America
191
Notes
202
References
239
Index
291
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Jennifer Hochschild is Professor of Government at Harvard University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Afro-American Studies and the author of Facing Up to the American Dream. Nathan Scovronick teaches education policy and directs the undergraduate program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

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