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Education as a major social movement is coming to an end. The End of School Reform derives its theoretical framework from the ideas of Hegel, who perceived an end to history, and Thomas Kuhn, who theorized that history does not follow a linear path but that the scientific landscape changes through large-scale movements called 'paradigm shifts'. This book examines the partial successes of history's three major educational reform movements (the Progressive Education movement at the beginning of the 20th century, the Equity Reform movement of the 1960's-1970's, and the Excellence Reform movement from 1983 to the present) and contends that such major movements in education will never be seen again. Blending Arthur Danto's 'end of art', John Horgan's 'end of science', and Francis Fukuyama's 'end of history' theses_all of which argue that only minor reforms will occur in the future_and drawing on interviews of education historians and policy professors, the 'end of school reform' thesis maintains that educational innovation may still continue, but only on a piecemeal basis.

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ISBN-13: 9780742539471
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/13/2006
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Maurice R. Berube is Eminent Scholar Emeritus from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. He has published eleven other books, including American School Reform: Progressive, Equity and Excellence Movements 1893-1993 and American Presidents and Education. Clair T. Berube is assistant professor education at St. Xavier University in Chicago. She has published in academic and public intellectual magazines.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The End of School Reform Chapter 2 Three Major Movements—And No More Chapter 3 The Death of Progressive Education Chapter 4 The Limits of Educating the Poor Chapter 5 The Trouble with National Standards Chapter 6 The End of Public Schools? Chapter 7 A New Direction

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