America's Public Schools: From the Common School to

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

by William J. Reese
     
 

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Sunday Times
A very good introductory survey for anyone who wants to learn more about American education.

Journal of American History
A superb history of our public schools, one that is clearly and colorfully written.

Paedagogica Historica
A brilliant contribution to the field.

Journal of Social History
Reese has delivered in one volume an analysis as synthetic, intelligent, and importantly, deeply engaged with the most enduring issues in popular education as we are likely to encounter for some time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421401034
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
02/04/2011
Series:
American Moment
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

William J. Reese is the Carl F. Kaestle WARF Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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