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Long before Common Core, conservatives crusaded against progressive education reforms–and historian Adam Laats tells their tale in, “The Other School Reformers: Conservative Activism in American Education.”
In a 10-minute podcast with The Bookmonger, Laats describes a 1974 school boycott in West Virginia, plus other examples of grassroots rebellion. We also discuss why so many historians have overlooked the role of conservatives in school policy, why a non-conservative like Laats took an interest in them, and what today’s conservative education reformers can learn from the experiences of their predecessors.
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