Andrew J. Rotherham

Bungle in the Jungle

In Who’s Teaching Your Children?, veteran teachers Vivian Troen and Katherine C. Boles set out to tell the inside story of American teaching and to issue a call to action for a better alternative. Like Sinclair, they largely succeed in issuing a powerful indictment, but get lost in the solutions. As the authors make clear,… Read more »

Primer Beef

The controversy over Rugg’s work traces a pattern familiar to followers of today’s school wars. Most disputes about education are not as much about children as about competing visions of American history and society. Because public schools transfer knowledge, customs, and values to future generations, fights about textbooks and curricula serve as proxies for many… Read more »