Schoolhouse burning : public education and the assault on American democracy / Derek W. Black.

Black, Derek W. [Browse]
  • New York, NY : PublicAffairs, Hachette Book Group, 2020.
  • ©2020
vii, 309 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.


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"We are in the midst of a full-scale attack on our nation's commitment to public education. From funding, to vouchers, to charter schools, public education policy has become a political football, rather than a means of fulfilling the most basic obligation of government to its citizens. As Derek W. Black vividly illustrates, this assault threatens not just public education, but democracy itself. Black offers both an illuminating history of our nation's establishment of a constitutional right to education, and a trenchant analysis of how such a right is being undermined today. He looks at education history with a wide view, describing both periods when our democracy has been strengthened-when the commitment to public education has been strongest-and weakened, when such a commitment has been lacking. And today, such a commitment is sorely lacking. Schoolhouse Burning shows what is at stake: not just the right to public education as guaranteed by the constitution, but an erosion of democratic norms"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
The current crisis -- A nation founded on education -- Education as freedom -- Reconstruction : a national recommitment to education and democracy -- A constitutional chorus for the right to education -- The fall -- The second reconstruction -- The Civil Rights backlash -- Rediscovering the constitutional right to education -- Through history's eyes -- Final thoughts.
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School house burning
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  • 1541788443 (hardcover)
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