An educator’s personal story: The year is 1949, not 2020, and the disease is polio, not covid-19 – The Washington Post

Dr. Jonas Salk, the scientist who discovered the polio vaccine, administers an injection to an unidentified boy at a Pittsburgh elementary school in 1954. (AP)


Larry Cuban is emeritus professor of education at Stanford University and a leading scholar on the history of school reform. Before his long Stanford tenure, he was a high school social studies teacher for 14 years and a district superintendent in Arlington, Va., for seven years.

He is the author of numerous books about education, as well as scholarship articles and op-ed pieces on classroom teaching, the history of school reform, how policy gets translated into practice and education technology. His newest book, “Chasing Success and Confronting Failure in American Schools” from Harvard Education Press, will be available in April.

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