Education and Learning in America

Education and Learning in America

by Catherine Reef
     
 

"As the United States developed as a nation, so too did its educational system. With the thirteen colonies' independence from Britain, their initial reliance on European educational models and philosophies was replaced by a greater focus on the Enlightenment, republicanism, and the influence of such prominent Americans as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin…  See more details below

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"As the United States developed as a nation, so too did its educational system. With the thirteen colonies' independence from Britain, their initial reliance on European educational models and philosophies was replaced by a greater focus on the Enlightenment, republicanism, and the influence of such prominent Americans as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush, and Noah Webster. This new perspective gave rise to a system of public education, extending schooling to Americans previously excluded from private academies and secondary schools. But barriers to educational equity remained. Schools were segregated, and some students were forced to renounce their culture in order to receive instruction. The advent of progressivism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries encouraged educators to concentrate more on students' interests and needs. In recent years, however, there has been a return to traditionalism, as educators are forced to cope with the demands of a global economy." Each chapter in Education and Learning in America, a volume in Facts On File's American Experience series, begins with an essay that chronicles the activities of learners and educators in the United States, as well as the reactions of political and social leaders, journalists, and many others. A chronology of events follows this essay. Each chapter closes with a section of excerpts-from such sources as speeches, journals, correspondence, and book passages. Included in this book are the words of John Dewey, James Meredith, Eleanor Roosevelt, and countless others. An appendix of documents includes such primary source materials as the Massachusetts School Law of 1647, the Code of Ethics of the EducationProfession, and Brown v. Board of Education. Also included are capsule biographies of 61 key figures, a glossary, maps, graphs and tables, notes, a bibliography, and an index. More than 85 black-and-white images illustrate the educational experience in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816070244
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Series:
Facts on File American Experience Series
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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