America's Public Schools: From the Common School to

America's Public Schools: From the Common School to "No Child Left Behind"

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by William J. Reese
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1421400170

ISBN-13: 9781421400174

Pub. Date: 03/19/2011

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

In this update to his landmark publication, William J. Reese offers a comprehensive examination of the trends, theories, and practices that have shaped America’s public schools over the last two centuries.

Reese approaches this subject along two main lines of inquiry—education as a means for reforming society and ongoing reform within the schools

Overview

In this update to his landmark publication, William J. Reese offers a comprehensive examination of the trends, theories, and practices that have shaped America’s public schools over the last two centuries.

Reese approaches this subject along two main lines of inquiry—education as a means for reforming society and ongoing reform within the schools themselves. He explores the roots of contemporary educational policies and places modern battles over curriculum, pedagogy, race relations, and academic standards in historical perspective.

A thoroughly revised epilogue outlines the significant challenges to public school education within the last five years. Reese analyzes the shortcomings of "No Child Left Behind" and the continued disjuncture between actual school performance and the expectations of government officials. He discusses the intrusive role of corporations, economic models for enticing better teacher performance, the continued impact of conservatism, and the growth of home schooling and charter schools.

Informed by a breadth of historical scholarship and based squarely on primary sources, this volume remains the standard text for future teachers and scholars of education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421400174
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/19/2011
Series:
The American Moment
Edition description:
updated edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
678,021
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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