No One Way to School: Pluralism and American Public Education argues that the uniform structure of public education is a key factor in the failure of America’s schools to fulfill the intellectual, civic, and moral aims for which they were created. Berner argues for a powerful and novel alternative that is neither libertarian nor state-focused and that draws upon the pluralistic, civil society model that benefits public school systems across the globe.
Berner’s work couldn’t come at a better time. With a new administration in Washington, D.C., American policymakers are looking anew for a way to navigate choice, accountability, and equity in education. Changing the underlying structure of America’s public education system is both plausible and possible, and this book lays out a roadmap to get us there.
“Lush and timely, this book challenges the deep structural assumptions that most of us have forgotten shape our public education system. With a level-headed and moderate tone, Berner sketches a transformative vision for the future.”
-Dmitri Mehlhorn, Founder, Vidinovo, and Fellow, Progressive Policy Institute, USA
“Berner draws on an eclectic blend of philosophy and history to argue convincingly that educational pluralism is consistent with America’s principles.”
–Martin West, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
“Berner has produced an extraordinarily compelling argument, and it couldn’t come at a better time.”
-Andy Smarick, President, Maryland State School Board
“Berner’s book opens up a new space in which to explore the normative claims inherent in education and will be a critical resource for teacher preparation programs across the country.”
-Lisa Miller, Professor of Psychology and Education, Columbia Teachers College
“Berner’s view on the wrong turns of uniformity and mediocrity gets right at what ails America’s public education system and philosophy.”
-Derrell Bradford, Executive Vice President, 50CAN
“This book is not only a compendium and insightful analysis of pertinent research and writing, but also an informative guide for policymakers and advocates alike.”
-James Cultrara, Co-Chair, NYS Coalition for Independent and Religious Schools