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Culture Wars

School and Society in the Conservative Restoration

This lively and controversial work critiques the conservative efforts in the 1970s and 1980s to undo the educational reforms of the 1960s, to reestablish control over the curriculum, and to change the nature of the debate and the goals of education.

"An outstanding work of educational theory and history."—John Coatsworth, University of Chicago

276 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1986, 1992

Education: Education--Economics, Law, Politics

Political Science: American Government and Politics

Table of Contents

Foreword by Paulo Freire
1. The hinge of 1969
Authority makes war on the 1960s:
the theme of ’settling for less’ in school and society
2. Settling for less, 1971-5:
the war for ’careerism’
Career education depresses
activism and aspirations
3. Settling for less, 1975-82:
the war on ’illiteracy’
The Literacy Crisis and back-to-basics
promote authority
4. Settling for less, 1982-4:
the war for ’excellence’ and against ’mediocrity’
Authority and inequality disguised as excellence and high-tech
5. The hinge of 1983
Answers rise like angels:
agendas for transformation

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