Prof. Spencer’s Book on Foster Reviewed at

A review of In The Crossfire: Marcus Foster and the Troubled History of American School Reform (Penn Press) by Associate Professor of Education John P. Spencer, appeared recently on www. The reviewer, Nathaniel Popkin, who writes the Art Attack blog for the Philadelphia news site, calls the book “excellent.” He writes, “It places the apparently never-ending question of how to improve our schools within the contexts of shifting demographics, economic change, and clashing ideologies.” The review states. “Spencer is particularly good setting Foster amidst the layers of civil rights and political reform of the 1960s—from self-help to desegregation to black power—and telling the story in plain language through Foster’s real world tests at Dunbar Elementary in North Philly and the Octavius Catto School in West Philly.”  See more about the book here.