Schools with Heart: Voluntarism and Public Education


In Schools with Heart, Dan Brown explores voluntarism by using original data gathered from 185 interviews with public school principals, teachers, & volunteers, many of whom worked in schools known for their volunteer programs. Supplementing these data from other studies, this careful inquiry finds that volunteers offer much to schools. School voluntarism is seen as a special bridge between primordial institutions such as families & modern institutions such as public schools. By using various perspectives & relying primarily on rational choice theory, the author shows that voluntarism in schools offers a vision of how education may be changed. He presents some recommendations for policies that would alter the balance between public & private support for education.


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