American Educational History: School, Society, and the Common Good / Edition 1

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American Educational History: School, Society, and the Common Good is an up-to-date, contemporary examination of historical trends that have helped shape schools and education in the United States. Author William H. Jeynes places a strong emphasis on recent history, most notably post-World War II issues such as the role of technology, the standards movement, affirmative action, bilingual education, undocumented immigrants, school choice, and much more!
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James M. M. Hartwick, Ph.D. - James M. M. Hartwick
"This book is riveting and a must-read for those interested in understanding how and why the American education system developed as it did. One of the major strengths of this book is the way it nests the development of the American educational system into the larger history of the United States and the world. Moreover, Jeynes adeptly addresses the ideological, economic, racial, moral, spiritual, political, and democratic impulses fueling the development of the educational system and how changes in education have impacted our society.Jeynes uses rich detail and insightful analysis to draw the reader in, providing vignettes to highlight significant people, ideas, or events.
Jeynes also carefully relates historical educational phenomena to current educational and societal issues. Finally, he includes thought-provoking questions interspersed throughout the text and at the end of each chapter to encourage reflection and discussion.We have much to learn from Jeynes’ fascinating and refreshing overview of the development of education inAmerica!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412914215
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/9/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Colonial Experience, 1607-1776
The Colonists at Jamestown
The Spanish Colonists in Florida
The Pilgrims/Puritans
Education Contributions of Other Groups
The Extent of the Puritan Contribution
The Growth of Higher Education Before the Revolutionary War
Relations Between the Puritans and Native Americans Deteriorate
2. The Effects of the Revolutionary War Era on American Education
Distinguishing a Truly American System of Education
The Rise of Charity Schools
Supplements to Charity Schools
Free Schools and African Americans
The Charity School Movement Becomes Nationwide
The Decline of the Charity School System
The College Level
3. The Early Political Debates and Their Effect on the American Education System
The Views of the Democratic Republics and the Federalists
The Presidents and Educational Leaders from Each Political Party
How the Victories By Democratic-Republicans Influenced American Education
4. Education, African Americans, and Slavery
African American Education in the North
The Education of African Americans in the South
Changing American Education Forever: Education and Events Leading Up to the Election of Lincoln and Liberation for the Slaves
American Northern Heroes
5. The Education of Women and Native Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans
The Education of Women
The Education of Native Americans
The Education of Asian Americans
The Education of Latinos
6. The Widespread Growth of the Common School & Higher Education
Horace Mann and the Rise of the Common Schools
Mann's Arguments that Common Schools Would Promote the Common Good
Resistance to the Public Schools
Contemporaries of Horace Mann in the Common School Movement
The Civil War and the Common School Movement
The Growth of Higher Education During the First Half of the 1800s
Where State Universities Grew and Where They Did Not
The Growth of State Colleges in Other States
7. The Effects of the Events During and Between the Civil War and World War I
The Impact of the Civil War
The Impact of the Post-Civil War Period
The Debate Over African American Education
Increased Immigration
Social Role of the School
Land Grant Colleges
Major Events in the Post-Civil War Period
Events Leading Up to and Including World War I
8. The Liberal Philosophy of Education As Distinguished from Conservatism
The Schools of Educational Philosophy
The Educational Philosophy of John Dewey
Other Liberal Reformers
Moderate Liberals
9. The Great Depression and the Long-Term Effects on World War II and the Cold War on American Education
The Educational Challenges of the Great Depression (1929-1941)
The Impact of World War II on Education
The Rise of Community Colleges
The Cold War
10. The Civil Rights Movement and Federal Involvement in Educational Policy
Truman's Contribution
The Pursuit of Civil Rights Legislation in the Courts
Brown Helps Build Momentum for the Civil Rights Movement
Expanding the Reach of the Civil Rights Movement: Affirmative Action
Expanding the Reach of the Civil Rights Movement: Bilingual Eduation
11. The Turbulence of the 1960s
The Vietnam War and Student Activism
Civil Rights and Education
The New York City Teacher's Strike
The Primacy of New Educational Thought
The Removal of Prayer from the Schools
Sex Education
12. The Rise of Public Criticism of Education
Basic Arguments
Addressing the Data
What Does the College Board's Assessment Mean?
Advances in Public Education During the 1963-1980 Period
How Did the Rising Criticism of Education Influence Schools?
13. The Rise of Multiculturalism & Other Issues
The Rise of Multiculturalism
The Success of Multicultural Curricula
The Debate About Multiculturalism
The Future of Multiculturalism
Vocational Education
Education for the Children with Special Needs or Disabilities
14. Educational Reform Under the Republicans and Democrats
Reforms Under the Republicans Reagan, Bush, and George W. Bush
Democratic Party Reforms Under Bill Clinton
The Political Atmosphere Today
15. Other Recent Educational Issues and Reforms
Equalization of School Expenditures
School Shootings
School Uniforms
The Influence of the Family
Learning from Foreign Systems of Education
Technology in the Schools
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