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The Troubled Crusade: American Education, 1945-1980

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This widely praised history of the controversies that have beset American schools and universities since World War II is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the condition of American education today.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 11th 1985 by Basic Books (first published 1984)
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Craig Werner
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: education, sixties
An influential historican/educator who played a major role in the development of education policy from the late 80s to the present, Ravitch is very good when she's writing about the arguments the ebbs and flows in the arguments concerning structure vs. freedom in American education. I benefited from her summaries of which reports and books influenced the ways schools operated in the wake of Sputnik, the upheavals of the 60s and the retrenchments of the 70s. At times I grew impatient with the way ...more
Hava
Mar 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teachers or education majors
Recommended to Hava by: The Core Knowledge program
This is a long and serious look at education - the history of elementary schools to prestigious colleges. It was well-written - if it had been dry, I would have quit reading long before I got to the end. It was simply too long to slog through while being bored to tears. But on the other hand, it was dense enough that I had to read it only during my lunch break at work. Otherwise, it got overwhelming.

If you're an education major or someone heavily involved in education, and you want an unbiased l
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Mike
This is an excellent book by an excellent historian and writer. There's nothing new or groundbreaking here (well, it was published 20 years ago, but I mean I don't think there was anything new in it then, either), but it's a great survey history of education in the United States in the 20th century, and of lots of other things in 20th century American history, too. Well organized, well told, and very readable (even occasionally riveting in some places, believe it or not).
AJ
Jan 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: school
Weighty and thick. Good info on how policy mingles with education. This would have been a tough read w/o the motivation of grad school.
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