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The Imperfect Panacea
Examines our nation's peculiar faith in the power of its schools to solve its various social problems. Focusing mainly on the post Civil War period, this text shows how our early public school system was used in an attempt to solve such problems as racial inequality, urban decay, unemployment, and nationalization.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 6th 2006 by McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
(first published January 1st 1977)
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when people say, 'it takes a village,' they don't really believe it. 'the sins of one generation' is the more appropriate cliche, and the sad reality is that while the sins of one entire village falls on its children, the accountability for those kids is placed soley on the one village institution that can be measured and berated: the school. there exists this myth that schools can -- and should -- be a sort of panacea, a place where all problems can be resolved. violence? adhd? crime? social in ...more