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The Turbulence of the 1960s
The turbulence of the 1960s

The 1960s was a time of phenomenal change in American education. When people think of the turmoil of the 1960s, they often think of the student demonstrations that stretched across many college campuses and the discontent they expressed, particularly toward the Vietnam War (Miles, 2004; Ravitch, 1983). And, indeed, the student demonstrations had a pervasive impact on American education and society not only in the short term, but in the long term as well. However, there were also other major movements that influenced education, most notably the New York City teachers' strike of 1968 (Podair, 2002), the civil rights movement lead by Martin Luther King Jr., the mainstreaming of educational practices espoused by many academic theorists ...

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