Maine ASCD Journal of Maine Education

Journal 2015

The Journal of Maine Education is published by the Maine chapter of ASCD with acknowledgements of in-kind contributions from the University of Maine at Augusta. Our mission is to shape, energize and customize learning for all Maine educators.

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Volume XXXI - Page 12 - 2015 HISTORICAL CONTEXT BOOK REVIEW - From Schoolhouse to Schooling System: Maine Public Education in the 20th Century by GORDON A. DONALDSON, JR. Gordon Donaldson's book is a much needed contribution to Maine educators. A former teacher and principal and now Professor Emeritus, University of Maine, Donaldson has the experience, research skills, and writing chops to make this an informative and engaging book. He enriches the text with old photographs; graphs; tables summarizing statistics, such as teachers' salaries; and excerpts from historical records. To illustrate the evolution of Maine schools 1900 and 2000, the author chose six communities differing in geography, economics, and demographics to represent of one of three types of trajectory over the century: Peru and Anson - communities in "stasis" with a consistent population and economic vitality, Lubec and Houlton - "challenged communities" losing population and economic vitality, and Cumberland and Bangor – "prospering communities" gaining population and economic vitality. Data from these communities show how what may be "a single story line dictated by statewide historical forces" was experienced differently in various local environments (pp. 7-8). Donaldson offers readers "A Wide-Angle View of the Century," ANNE WESCOTT DODD

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