By Natalia Mehlman Petrzela
In Classroom Wars, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela charts how a kingdom and a citizenry deeply dedicated to public schooling as an engine of civic and ethical schooling navigated the large alterations led to through the Sixties, together with the sexual revolution, university desegregation, and a dramatic raise in Latino immigration. She lines the mounting tensions over academic progressivism, cultural and ethical decay, and financial improvidence, utilizing assets starting from coverage files to scholar newspapers, from direction reviews to oral histories. Petrzela finds how an increasing number of american citizens fused values approximately relatives, own, and civic morality, which impressed 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 impact on faculties and society nationwide.
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