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Democracy and Schooling in CaliforniaThe Battle of Westwood Hills

Democracy and Schooling in California: The Battle of Westwood Hills [The debate over the schools was muted during the Second World War, but the tension among competing visions of both politics and education was only repressed, not extinguished. One of the earliest expressions of the political struggles over education in California was the controversy that emerged in the mid-1940s over the University Elementary School, which Time magazine later called “The Battle of Westwood Hills.” Although the conflict originated in the complaints of a small number of disgruntled parents, the attack on the school and its defense soon hardened into battle lines between Los Angeles conservatives and liberals. Critics of the school raised the question of whether Seeds and her methods were not only academically suspect but political subversive as well. It was probably the most difficult and formative episode in Corinne Seeds’s career.1] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2011
ISBN
978-1-349-34126-9
Pages
119 –136
DOI
10.1057/9781137015914_7
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The debate over the schools was muted during the Second World War, but the tension among competing visions of both politics and education was only repressed, not extinguished. One of the earliest expressions of the political struggles over education in California was the controversy that emerged in the mid-1940s over the University Elementary School, which Time magazine later called “The Battle of Westwood Hills.” Although the conflict originated in the complaints of a small number of disgruntled parents, the attack on the school and its defense soon hardened into battle lines between Los Angeles conservatives and liberals. Critics of the school raised the question of whether Seeds and her methods were not only academically suspect but political subversive as well. It was probably the most difficult and formative episode in Corinne Seeds’s career.1]

Published: Nov 19, 2015

Keywords: Oral History; School Building; Progressive Education; City School; Collective Farm

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