Confessions of a School Reformer

Confessions of a School Reformer

Larry Cuban
paper, 275 Pages
Pub. Date: December 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-695-7
Price: $36.00

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In Confessions of a School Reformer, eminent historian of education Larry Cuban reflects on nearly a century of education reforms and his experiences with them as a student, educator, and administrator.


In this remarkable book, Larry Cuban provides rich insight into nearly a century of American school reform. In chapters that alternate between analysis and memoir, he explores both our persisting faith that schools can fix social problems and our continuing failure to move the needle very far in this direction—drawing on his long experience as a student, teacher, superintendent, and professor. — David Labaree, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Education

Larry Cuban knows more about school reform than anybody in America. And he knows it from both his personal experience and his historical scholarship, as this bracingly honest book confirms. Over and over, across a brilliant six-decade career, Cuban has urged us to improve our schools and to restrain our expectations of them. If that sounds like a contradiction to you, read Confessions of a School Reformer. You might reform your own ideas about schools, just like Larry Cuban did. — Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of History of Education, University of Pennsylvania and author of Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools

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About the Author

Larry Cuban is Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University.

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