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Horace"s compromise the dilemma of the American high school : with a new preface by Theodore R. Sizer

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Published by Houghton Mifflin Co. in Boston .
Written in English



  • United States.


  • High schools -- United States.,
  • High school teachers -- United States.

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Edition Notes

StatementTheodore R. Sizer.
ContributionsNational Association of Secondary School Principals (U.S.), National Association of Independent Schools. Commission on Educational Issues.
LC ClassificationsLA222 .S54 2004
The Physical Object
Paginationxiv, 257 p. ;
Number of Pages257
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3383592M
ISBN 100618516069
LC Control Number2004559154

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