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Disruptive Fixation: School Reform and the Pitfalls of Techno-Idealism

Christo Sims


In New York City in 2009, a new kind of public school opened its doors to its inaugural class of middle schoolers. Conceived by a team of game designers and progressive educational reformers and backed by prominent philanthropic foundations, it promised to reinvent the classroom for the digital age. This book documents the life of the school from its planning stages to the graduation of its first eighth-grade class. It is the account of how this “school for digital kids,” heralded as a model of tech-driven educational reform, reverted to a more conventional type of schooling with rote learning ... More

Keywords: public school, students, parents, New York City, digital age, educational reform, gender division, racialized class division, philanthropic foundations, techno-philanthropism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691163987
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christo Sims, author
University of California, San Diego