Required Readings

The Steering Committee is charged by the Jefferson County Board of Education with protecting the D'Evelyn educational philosophy and setting policies to assure appropriate implementation.  To best accomplish that mission, each Steering Committee member must comprehend the full scope of the D'Evelyn educational philosophy.  The readings listed below help define the parameters by which implementation can be judged.

Print versions of all readings are available from the D'Evelyn Library.  *Electronic version available where noted.


Barzun, Jacques.  Begin Here: The Forgotten Conditions of Teaching & LearningChicago:
The University of Chicago Press, 1991.

Hirsch, E.D.  The Schools We Need: and Why We Don’t Have Them.  New York: Doubleday, 1996.  *Also available as an ebook from the D'Evelyn Library 


REQUIRED CHAPTERS from BOOKS (linked below):

Chubb, John E. and Moe, Terry M.  The Organization of Effective Schools” Chapter 3 in Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools.  Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institute, 1990.

Ravitch, Diane.  “The Rise and Fall of Progressive Education,” Chapter 2 in The Troubled Crusade.  U.S.A.: Basic Books, 1983.

REQUIRED ARTICLES (linked below):

Singal, Daniel.  “The Other Crisis in American Education,” The Atlantic Monthly, November, 1991, pp. 59-74.  


Powell, Arthur G.  Lessons from Privilege: The American Prep School Tradition. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996.

Widmer, Candace & Houchin, Susan.  The Art of Trusteeship: The Nonprofit Board Member’s Guide to Effective Governance.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

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