The Elusive Ideal: Equal Educational Opportunity and the Federal Role in Boston's Public Schools, 1950-1985

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Mai 2005



In recent years, federal mandates on education have become the subject of increasing debate. Adam R. Nelson's "The Elusive Ideal--"a postwar history of federal involvement in the Boston public school system--provides lessons from the past that shed light on the continuing struggles of urban public schools today. This wide-reaching analysis examines the failure of educational policy at local, state, and federal levels to afford all students equal educational opportunity. Exploring a deep-seated tension between the educational ideals of integration and academic achievement over time, Nelson considers the development and implementation of policies targeted at diverse groups of urban students, including policies related to racial desegregation, bilingual education, special education, school funding, and standardized testing. An ambitious study that spans more than thirty years and examines all facets of educational policy from legality to funding, "The Elusive Ideal" provides a model from which future inquiries will proceed. A probing and provocative work of urban history with deep relevance for urban public schools today, Nelson's book reveals why equal educational opportunity remains such an elusive ideal.


Adam R. Nelson is assistant professor of educational policy studies and history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Education and Democracy: The Meaning of Alexander Meiklejohn, 1872-1964.


"Nelson is breaking new ground by comparing different equity reforms in education against the background of local/federal relations. Historians of education and policy analysts will find The Elusive Ideal very illuminating." - David Tyack, author of Seeking Common Ground: Public Schools in a Diverse Society"
EAN: 9780226571904
ISBN: 0226571904
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2005
Seitenanzahl: 352 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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