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Published: 16 April 2015

336 Pages | 14 illus.


ISBN: 9780199358458

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Classroom Wars

Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

  • Explores how schools addressed issues of diversity of many kinds— linguistic, sexual, ethnic, and racial
  • Shows how California, a state ahead of the national curve, negotiated the sexual revolution and its intensified "Latinization"
  • Uses state and local, English and Spanish sources to address bilingual education
  • Assesses how the alignment of the Chicano movement with the radical left alienated moderate and conservative support for bilingual education policy
  • Offers a grass-roots perspective on the rise of "family-values" politics through the lens of sex education debates