By Natalia Mehlman Petrzela
In Classroom Wars, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela charts how a country and a citizenry deeply dedicated to public schooling as an engine of civic and ethical schooling navigated the big alterations led to by means of the Nineteen Sixties, together with the sexual revolution, college desegregation, and a dramatic raise in Latino immigration. She lines the mounting tensions over academic progressivism, cultural and ethical decay, and monetary improvidence, utilizing resources starting from coverage records to scholar newspapers, from direction reviews to oral histories. Petrzela finds how more and more americans fused values approximately relations, own, and civic morality, which inspired a robust politics that engaged many Californians and, eventually, many american citizens. In doing so, they blurred the excellence among private and non-private and encouraged many of the fiercest lecture room wars in American historical past. Taking readers from the cultures of Orange County mega-churches to Berkeley coffeehouses, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela's historical past of those school room controversies sheds mild at the bitterness of the battles over range we proceed to salary this present day and their effect on colleges and society nationwide.
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