9780805880120

The Great Speckled Bird: Multicultural Politics and Education Policymaking

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  • ISBN13:

    9780805880120

  • ISBN10:

    0805880127

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-05-01
  • Publisher: Lawrence Erlbau

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Summary

Written by a New York education professor and a California journalist, The Great Speckled Bird takes readers behind the scenes for a unique "insider/outsider" view of education policymaking in action. Two state-level case studies of social studies curriculum reform and textbook policy (California and New York) illustrate how curriculum decisionmaking becomes an arena in which battles are fought over national values and priorities. The "great speckled bird" is the authors' counter-symbol to the bald eagle - a metaphor representing the racial-ethnic-cultural diversity that has characterized the United States since its beginnings and the multicultural reality of American society today.

Table of Contents

Praise for the Great Speckled Birdp. i
Preface: Finding a Wayp. v
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Vistasp. 1
Vantage Pointsp. 3
Referencesp. 23
Notesp. 26
Lights and Shadowsp. 27
Referencesp. 52
Notesp. 55
Casesp. 57
California: Containing Americap. 59
Referencesp. 88
Notesp. 90
New York: Extending Americap. 93
Referencesp. 122
Notesp. 124
New York Muting Multiculturalism?p. 127
Referencesp. 153
California: Making the Gradep. 157
Referencesp. 181
Notesp. 182
Possibilitiesp. 183
America Not Yetp. 185
Referencesp. 201
Notesp. 203
Indexp. 205
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