Standardized Childhood

Standardized Childhood

The Political and Cultural Struggle Over Early Education

Book - 2007
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"A colorful array of childcare and preschool options blossomed in the 1970s as the feminist movement spurred mothers into careers and community organizations nurtured new programs. Now a small circle of activists aim to bring more order to childhood. Their battle cry, heard in a growing number of state capitals and school reform circles, seeks to create a more standard, state-run preschool system. For young children already facing the rigors of play dates and harried parents juggling the strains of work and family, government is moving in to standardize childhood. Sociologist Bruce Fuller traveled the country -- sitting in preschool classrooms, delving into the birth of universal preschool in California and Oklahoma, and interviewing this robust movement's eager leaders -- to understand the ideologies of childhood and the raw political forces at play. He details how these new progressives earnestly seek to extend the rigors of public schooling down into the lives of very young children. Fuller then illuminates the stiff resistance by some children's activists, ethnic leaders, and conservatives, who hold less trust in government solutions and more faith in nonprofits and local groups in contributing to the upbringing of young children." -- from the publisher's description
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780804755795
0804755795
Characteristics: xxiii, 355 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Pai, Seeta
Bridges, Margaret

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