Monday, January 02, 2006

What Should We Teach the Children?

“First, the educational reforms of the (current) era, back to basics, the pursuit of excellence, the revival of history were driven by educational, political, and economic forces outside of education. This was largely a response to a manufactured crisis, based upon faulty thesis and flawed assumptions, driven by those in power and in control of considerable financial resources from both governmental and private sources. New Right and neo conservative reformers were well organized, highly motivated, visible, articulate, and well funded. In part, the political trends culminating in the conservative restoration originated in the reaction to the perceived excesses of reforms of the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Second, the conservative restoration was built upon pervasive myths about American schooling and the creation of a mythical golden age. “ P. 171.
The Social Studies Wars: What Should we teach the children? Ronald W. Evans.
2004. Teachers College Press.
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