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Remaking America's Three School Systems: Now Separate and Unequal (Hardback)
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Remaking America's Three School Systems: Now Separate and Unequal (Hardback)

Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 14/01/2003
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The American public has been given a distorted view of the state of education in our nation. Milton Schwebel brings the contradictions about the state of education to the attention of his readers and provides a detailed set of proposals for change. Concrete examples and the experiences of real individuals add color and interest to this work and a rationale and documentation to support each proposal is also provided. Topics include the three-tiered system-elite private and public schools which provide leadership in all fields; the vast army of middle-level workers; and the marginal third system, social class differences, and parental mediation. For activists parents, school administrators, teachers, counselors, school psychologists, social workers, health specialists, and educational researchers.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780810845398
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 535 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 27 mm

The real problem in our schools is ... inherent in the very nature of a three-tiered school system, which produces inferior schooling for a large portion of our children. To eliminate the third tier and elevate the second tier to equivalency with the first, Dr. Schwebel advances a series of proposals that extend beyond educational reform and touch on the fabric of American society. -- Richard Gorman * Rutgers Focus *
[This book] is a provocative analysis of how social class pervades our school system...[Schwebel] offers a bold, transformative vision for the future - one that challenges our assumptions of what is possible and warns against tinkering at the margins. -- Sylvia Yee, former program executive in Education at the San Francisco Foundation and Current Vice President of Programs at the Evelyn and W
This book is the most brilliant analysis and the most empowering prescription for American education that we have ever read. It should become the handbook for everyone who cares about our children and our future. Milton Schwebel is a national treasure: a prophetic voice that inspires us to do the right thing. -- Ronald and Beatrice Gross, Columbia University and editors of The Great School Debate
Dr. Milton Schwebel...addresses with keen clarity the problems facing our nation's schools...[He emphasizes] the role of parental involvement [and stresses that] educators of the future must be "schooled" in how to bridge the family and school divide. -- Penelope Lattimer, assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction New Brunswick Public Schools and former Chair of the New Jersey State Co
[This book] is vintage Schwebel! In this latest treasure, Dr. Schwebel presents a rational critique of 20 years of what has been called school reform framed by an ineffective emphasis on accountability, standards and testing. -- Edmund W. Gordon, Richard March Hoe Professor of Psychology and Education, emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University and John M. Musser Prof
I hope this marvelous book is very widely read-of course by students and teachers in schools of education, by school boards, by teachers union leaders, and by would-be activists. It is on target about the problem and appropriate ways of trying to deal with it-very sensible, and encouraging. Blessings on the author! -- M. Brewster Smith, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, UC at Santa Cruz, former president of the American Psychological Association
What distinguishes Remaking America's Three School Systems is Schwebel's commanding range of information and his firm grasp of the systemic roots of the problems. Given the complexity of the analysis, the book is notable for its clarity and elegance of style.. [The author] does an excellent job of debunking the myths about U.S. education that have created and legitimized inequality in schools and the larger society of which they are a part..In the final chapters of the book, [he] presents his vision of the broad systemic changes necessary to provide one excellent educational system for all students....Throughout this book, his voice is that of an activist scholar. -- Judith Van Hoorn & David M. Donahue * Peace and Conflict: Journal Of Peace Psychology *
Remaking America's Three School Systems could not have come at a more propitious time. Dr. Milton Schwebel's incisive analysis parts the veil of national self-deception regarding education reform and then offers realistic and workable proposals....Every education architect in the country should read this book and summon the courage to begin implementation of its ideas before another generation of children is cheated. -- Peter Blankman * Union College Magazine *
This powerful and illuminating description of the three separate and unequal school systems gives parents, students and community activists in the "marginalized system" the facts and research needed to continue the struggle to expose, eliminate and replace the current destructive system with one that respects ALL children's basic human rights to a quality education. -- Ellen Raider, member of Coordinating Committee, Independent Commission on Public Education, New York City
I am glad to have [Milton's] book on the three school systems. [He] says a lot of things that need to be said. Alas, we live at a time when most policymakers are quite deaf. One needs to have faith in the 'longer run'. -- Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Education and Cognition, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Schwebel's matter of fact tone and easy to understand writing style makes this book of interest to more than simply those in the field of education. He gives suggestions for improvements and solutions to the problems that plague our educational system. His measures aim to do away with the third school system and strengthen the second. Schwebel recognizes the vastness of the problem when he recommends such things as guaranteed full-time employment, national health insurance, parent-as-teacher training classes, free public preschool, after school programs in all elementary and middle schools, and a higher value placed on teachers, with corresponding pay. * The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare *
This book makes it clear to me, for the first time, that America's schools are not 'in crisis.' Rather, we have three school systems with serious inequities among them...[Professor Schwebel's] insights and recommendations, based on his profound understanding of history, economics, and social justice, provide a creative and workable new approach to an effective and just school system for America. -- George W. Albee, professor emeritus of Psychology at the University of Vermont, past president of the American Psychological Association, and Com

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