Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform
For the past one hundred years, Americans have argued and worried about the quality of their schools. Some charged that students were not learning enough, while others complained that the schools were not furthering social progress. In Left Back, education historian Diane Ravitch describes this ongoing battle of ideas and explains why school reform has so often disappointed. She recounts grandiose efforts to use the schools for social engineering, even while those efforts diminished the schools' ability to provide a high-quality education for all children. By illuminating the history of education in the twentieth century, Left Back points the way to reviving American schools today.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - carterchristian1 - LibraryThing
I just read this and upped it from 2 to 4 stars. Published just before No Child Left Behind the famous author presents one of the best histories of educational policy in the United States I have ever ... Read full review
LEFT BACK: A Century of Failed School ReformsUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Former Assistant Secretary of Education Ravitch (The Troubled Crusade, 1983) recounts a dispiriting record of pitched debates and failed reform attempts in the American educational system over the ... Read full review