rousmaniere, Kate. Citizen Teacher: The Life and Leadership of Margaret Haley. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005. 271 pp. There are few big names in education. Many people could probably name John Dewey or Maria Montessori, and they would recognize Anne Sullivan as Helen Keller's teacher. A few more might recognize Jonathan Kozol or Ted Sizer. But even among educators, almost no one knows about Margaret Haley, the founder of the first American teachers' union. Margaret Haley not only understood the grand view of schooling in America, but she tried almost single-handedly to will public education into the forefront of American civic consciousness. Given the enormity of her taskmaking public schooling the centerpiece of collective community financial and social investment--it is not as surprising that Haley failed as it is that her work remains unknown. Kate Rousmaniere's thorough biography of this social activist, union organizer, public speaker, and, above all, teacher, reads like the Rosetta stone of school reform, highlighting the same issues with which we, as teachers and reformers, continue to struggle. Rousmaniere also shows adeptly how Haley's multiple and conflicting identities served to complicate her work. Author Rousmaniere details the sociopolitical contexts in which
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