Journals Higher Education



Published: 06 March 2003

320 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195152784

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The American Dream and the Public Schools

Jennifer L. Hochschild and Nathan Scovronick

This book examines issues that have excited and divided Americans for years, including desegregation, school funding, testing, vouchers, bilingual education, multicultural education, and ability grouping. The authors show that these devisive issues stem from an apparent conflict, rooted in the American dream, between policies designed to promote each student's ability to pursue success and those designed to insure the good of all students or the nation as a whole. The authors show how policies to promote individual success too often benefit only those already privileged by race or class, and too often conflict, unnecessarily, with policies that are intended to benefit everyone.


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