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Conservatives and the History of School Reform

Adam Laats, The Other Reformers: Conservative Activism in American Education (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015)   Review by Mike WakefordWith The Other School Reformers: Conservative Activism in American Education, Adam Laats advances the intellectual histories of American school reform and the modern conservative movement. Organized around case studies of four schooling-centered controversies, Laats’ book identifies a strain of reformism that he calls “educational conservatism” and tracks it from the 1920s through the 1970s. Challenging scholarship that ascribes the prevailing traditionalism of American education to institutional inertia, Laats focuses on an “underexplored impulse” (8), the sustained influence of articulate individual and Read more