Clio at the Table: Using History to Inform and Improve Education Policy

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Clio at the Table provides important historical perspectives on contemporary education policy issues. Based on a conference held in honor of Carl Kaestle, one of the most eminent education historians in the United States, the book includes chapters that address some of the major concerns of U.S. education today, all of which are particular foci of Kaestle's work: urban education, equity, the role of the federal government, and national standards. On each topic, the book presents summaries of new research and explores the uses of history to help further the connections between historical analysis and policy analysis. It will be particularly useful in courses on education history and policy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Bringing Clio to the Table Kenneth K. Wong Wong, Kenneth K. Robert Rothman Rothman, Robert 1

I Urban School Systems and Their Purposes

Ch. 1 Educating Citizens: Social Problems Meet Progressive Education in Detroit, 1930-52 Anne-Lise Halvorsen Halvorsen, Anne-Lise Jeffrey E. Mirel Mirel, Jeffrey E. 9

Ch. 2 Attainment amidst Adversity: Black High School Students in the Metropolitan North, 1940-80 John L. Rury Rury, John L. 37

Ch. 3 When Wisdom Was Better Than Rubies: The Public Schools of Washington, DC, in the Nineteenth Century William J. Reese Reese, William J. 59

II School Districts and States in Educational Reform

Ch. 4 Democracy Undone: Reforming and Reinventing the American School District, 1945-2005 David Gamson Gamson, David 79

Ch. 5 Growing State Intervention in Low-Performing Schools: Law and Regulation in Three Waves of Reform Kathryn A. McDermott McDermott, Kathryn A. 91

Ch. 6 Learning from Head Start: Preschool Advocates and the Lessons of History Elizabeth Rose Rose, Elizabeth 109

Pt. III Equity and the Role of the Federal Government in Elementary and Secondary Education

Ch. 7 Education Interest Groups and Policy Agendas in the 109th and 110th Congresses: Applying an Advocacy Coalition Framework Elizabeth DeBray-Pelot DeBray-Pelot, Elizabeth 131

Ch. 8 Equity and Special Education: Some Historical Lessons from Boston Adam R. Nelson Nelson, Adam R. 157

Ch. 9 Examining the Federal Role in Education: From Reagan's Excellence Movement to Bush and No Child Left Behind Gail L. Sunderman Sunderman, Gail L. 181

Pt. IV Standards, Literacy, and Policy in U.S. History

Ch. 10 Standards-Based Reform: Lessonsfrom the Past, Directions for the Future Margaret E. Goertz Goertz, Margaret E. 201

Ch. 11 No Child Left Behind and Highly Qualified U.S. History Teachers: Some Historical and Policy Perspectives Maris A. Vinovskis Vinovskis, Maris A. 221

Pt. V The Uses and Misuses of History

Ch. 12 Conflicting Questions: Why Historians and Policymakers Miscommunicate on Urban Education Jack Dougherty Dougherty, Jack 251

Ch. 13 Lessons fromthe Past: A Challenge and a Caution for Policy-Relevant History Tracy L. Steffes Steffes, Tracy L. 263

Ch. 14 Clio at the Table: Historical Perspectives and Policymaking in the Field of Education Carl F. Kaestle Kaestle, Carl F. 283

Index 299

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