Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

5 p.

Publication Date

6-2004

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Source Publication

Educational Researcher

Source ISSN

0013-189X

Abstract

This essay questions the commonly held assumption that schools today are worse academically than they were in the past. It argues that schools have seldom been chiefly interested in intellectual inquiry. Nor have they ever been committed to providing a quality intellectual education to all students. We argue that if history has anything to tell us about quality education today, it is not that we must try to recapture a lost age of academic excellence but that we cannot create truly excellent schools without addressing the inequities that have long been embedded in them or without understanding how those marginalized by the educational system have struggled to confront inequities.

Comments

Accepted version. Educational Researcher, Vol. 33, No. 5 (June 2004): 6-10. DOI. © SAGE Publications 2004. Used with permission.

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