Education as a major social movement is coming to an end. The theoretical framework for this proposition derives from Thomas Kuhn's theory of paradigm shifts of major movements and Hegel's 'end of history' thesis. The 'end of school reform' thesis blends Arthur Danto's 'end of art', John Horgan's 'end of science', and Francis Fukuyama's 'end of history' theses. Including interviews of education historians and policy professors, The End of School Reform maintains that educational innovation may still continue, but only on a piecemeal basis.
Maurice R. Berube is Eminent Scholar Emeritus from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. He has published eleven other books, including American School Reform: Progressive, Equity and Excellence Movements 1893-1993 and American Presidents and Education. Clair T. Berube is assistant professor education at St. Xavier University in Chicago. She has published in academic and public intellectual magazines.
Chapter 1 The End of School Reform Chapter 2 Three Major Movements-And No More Chapter 3 The Death of Progressive Education Chapter 4 The Limits of Educating the Poor Chapter 5 The Trouble with National Standards Chapter 6 The End of Public Schools? Chapter 7 A New Direction