This book is a collection of eloquent and impassioned essays about the meaning and value of this larger social purpose of education. The Public Purpose of Education and Schooling also contains a transcript of the contributors participating in a spirited and informitive panel discussion on the same topic. They debate the fundamental ideals that govern schooling and make a compelling case for a renewed commitment to public education that will foster and ensure our society's rights and freedoms.
"An essential resource for those grappling with policy, history,and politics in education." (Educational Leadership)
"I have been waiting for this book for a decade. In an age in whichthe national debate on school reform is concerned principally withtactics and process, this volume focuses on the most important ofall questions. What is the purpose of school? How do we know if aschool is working? The authors are the most highly regarded namesin education. This is an important book for anyone interested inschooling in America today." (Arthur Levine, president, TeachersCollege, Columbia University)
"Anyone who has felt the onset of cynicism as wave after wave of`school reform' fades unnoticed will feel a burst of new optimismafter reading this book. Goodlad and his colleagues remind usforcefully how worthy the ideal of public schooling is and howcrucial it is to democracy and to the improvement of society'sinfrastructure." (Barry Munitz, chancellor, The California StateUniversity)
"This book is a genuinely helpful guide for going back to thebasics in public school governance. It establishes a crediblecontext in which the public purpose of education and schoolingshould be reexamined today by community leaders in America's 15,000public school districts. It is a solid basis on which to begin andcarry forth in each local community a searching review of thephilosophy of the fundamental purpose of the public schools."(Thomas A. Shannon, executive director emeritus, National SchoolBoards Association)
"The discussion started here by a panel of distinguished educatorsshould become widespread among all those concerned with the meaningof 'public' in public education." (Nel Noddings, Lee L. JacksProfessor of Child Education, School of Education, StanfordUniversity)
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