America's Public Schools: From the Common School to No Child Left Behind (The American Moment Series)

America's Public Schools: From the Common School to No Child Left Behind (The American Moment Series)

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by William J. Reese
     
 

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ISBN-10: 080188196X

ISBN-13: 9780801881961

Pub. Date: 09/30/2005

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

William J. Reese's history of public schools in America examines why citizens have repeatedly turned to the schools to improve society and how successive generations of reformers have tried to alter the curriculum and teaching practice to achieve their goals. Organized around two themes education as the means for reforming American society and ongoing reform within

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William J. Reese's history of public schools in America examines why citizens have repeatedly turned to the schools to improve society and how successive generations of reformers have tried to alter the curriculum and teaching practice to achieve their goals. Organized around two themes education as the means for reforming American society and ongoing reform within the schools themselves this study examines two centuries of American public education. It explores school and society in the nineteenth century, including public school growth in the antebellum and postbellum eras; competing visions of education and reform during the first half of the twentieth century; and social change and reform from the 1950s through the 1980s. Reese emphasizes the centrality of schools in the history of reform and their persistent allegiance to traditional practices and pedagogy despite two centuries of complaint by romantics and progressives. He describes tradition as a reliable friend of public schools, despite the enormous changes that have occurred over time: the centralization of authority, professionalization of teaching staff, and the expansion of curricular offerings. Reese's clear and accessible book is an original interpretation of the history of public elementary and secondary schools in America. It should become a standard text for future teachers as well as scholars of education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801881961
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2005
Series:
American Moment Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
355
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
1The Origins of the Common School10
2Postbellum America and the Common School45
3The "New Education"79
4Democracy, Efficiency, and School Expansion118
5A Democracy of Differences149
6The People's College180
7Rising Expectations and Raising Standards215
8Guardians of Tradition251
9The Fate of the High School286
Epilogue322
Essay on Sources335
Index347

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