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The One Best System: A History of American Urban Education

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The One Best System a major new interpretation of what actually happened in the development of one of America's most influential institutions. At the same time it is a narrative in which the participants themselves speak out: farm children and factory workers, frontier teachers and city superintendents, black parents and elite reformers. And it encompasses both the achiev

Hardcover, 353 pages
Published July 1st 1974 by Harvard University Press (first published January 1st 1974)
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Abby Jean
Jan 24, 2013 Abby Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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fascinating historic view of the shift from locally-organized rural schoolhouses to urban systems of centralized education, with all the bumps and problems and powerful interests along the way. essential reading.
Feb 20, 2012 JFN rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very, very informative read, written and organized in a logical manner. I did not realize, rather naively, until very recently that education history does not stand on its own as some separate subject to be studied and understood in a vacuum by education wonks or parents with school-age children only. Education history is entirely reflective of and runs parallel with U.S. social history and all of its ups and downs, injustices, swings, sets backs, and progresses. It is a far more engaging, and ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comprehensive -- lots of information and yet quite readable.
Found this on a note as a recommendation to read.
Lisa Whitehurst
provides a good history of urban education, but his style of writing makes this book hard to read...more cyclical in nature, than linear, as most history books are
Aug 14, 2016 Ericka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most informative and eye opening read on American system of public education and why we will never measure up globally. Ever.
Sep 04, 2011 courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent history of America's public education system.
May 05, 2008 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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