By Ronald W. Evans

power dilemmas hang-out university reform: curriculum politics and school room fidelity. either undermined the Nineteen Sixties’ new social reports, a dynamic reform circulation founded on inquiry, matters, and social activism. Dramatic educational freedom controversies ended reform and resulted in a conservative restoration. On one facet have been lecturers and curriculum builders; at the different, conservative activists made up our minds to undo the revolutions of the Sixties. The episode introduced a go back to standard historical past, a shrink back from wondering, and the re-imposition of authority. Engagingly written and carefully researched, The Tragedy of yankee university Reform bargains a provocative standpoint on present trends.  

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The development that I am labeling the newer social studies coincided with an outburst of interest in education and a new wave of analysis that rivaled the 1950s critique of progressivism, though it was from a much different direction. A slew of bestsellers called attention to the problems of the schools and proposed reform, revolution, or some other alternative. 17 Each author, with the exception of Hentoff, was writing about his own experience as a teacher. As a group, they advocated greater concern with affective aspects of schooling than academic excellence; they called for humanizing teaching and the school bureaucracy; and recommended a return to some of the best aspects of progressivism.

During the Kennedy administration, Zacharias served as chair of the President’s Science Advisory Committee (PSAC) and sponsored a number of meetings on a variety of topics aimed at further developing and broadening the educational reform movement. The Endicott House meeting was a more immediate and direct outgrowth of a January 1962 meeting at which Zacharias recommended development of an ESI social studies program. The Endicott House Conference was held in June 1962 at a secluded estate ten miles from Harvard Square with forty-seven scholars and teachers representing a broad spectrum of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, and a wide range of views.

In an attempt to bring history to life and rekindle student curiosity, he introduced primary source documents as a means of stimulating students, asking them to experience the work of historians, and to make sense of raw data. 34 Endicott House. During the period before and after the Woods Hole conference, a series of meetings took place with the general theme of broadening the curriculum reform projects to include other areas such as English and social studies. Perhaps the single most interesting and relevant of these meeting occurred at Endicott House in Dedham, Massachusetts, in June 1962.

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