The Forgotten Dream of American Public Education

The Forgotten Dream of American Public Education

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Based on observation and experience, analysis translates into a proposal for reform. Eight essays explore in personal terms several troubling educational issues undergirded by the fundamental belief that the purpose of public education is the cultivation of civic virtue. The first essay addresses the widespread loss of faith in public schooling. In the second essay, qualities are described that students are encouraged to develop through their experience of schooling. In addition, these qualities are discussed in relationship to the qualities that are needed for society to become more compassionate. A critique of commonplace assumptions that underpin the commitment to sorting and labeling comprises the third essay's topic. Questioning the assumptions that standarized tests perpetuate constitutes essay 4. Essay 5 describes current practices and issues in teacher education. Essay 6 presents an analysis of the type and quality of school knowledge and describes the promising directions for improvement. Conditions necessary for the development of creativity in the public schools is the focus of essay 7. In the concluding essay, some of the metaphors used by Americans as they ponder the issues of public education are analyzed. In addition, an alternative metaphor--qschool and communityq--is offered as a means for thinking about public education and the public world. (JAM)The first essay addresses the widespread loss of faith in public schooling. In the second essay, qualities are described that students are encouraged to develop through their experience of schooling.


Title:The Forgotten Dream of American Public Education
Author:Robert V. Bullough
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell - 1988
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