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Challenge and ChangeRight-Wing Women, Grassroots Activism, and the Baby Boom Generation$
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June Melby Benowitz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061221

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061221.001.0001

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Shaping American Education

Shaping American Education

(p.23) 1 Shaping American Education
Challenge and Change

June Melby Benowitz

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores how rightist women attempted to shape school curricula through textbook censorship and other means, including forcing resignations of teachers and school administrators who did not think as they did. It examines the work of Lucille Cardin Crain and her work for the Educational Reviewer, as well as the actions of women throughout the country as they fought to eliminate progressive education from public schools. Rightist women published newspapers, journal articles, and books that promoted their views on education. They were elected to school boards, and they participated in campaigns to rid schools, libraries, and the PTA of what they considered leftward-leaning ideas.

Keywords:   Public schools, Progressive education, Textbooks, Censorship, Lucille Cardin Crain, Educational Reviewer, School boards, PTA

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