History, Education, And The Schools

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In his latest investigation of how history helps illuminate contemporary concerns about the nature and character of America's schools, William Reese explores the rise of public schools in the nineteenth century, the evolution of private school alternatives, and ongoing debates about modern schooling and reform. Americans have long invested considerable time, energy, and emotion in their schools, both private and public, and Reese's historical overviewhelps explain why.

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Overview

In his latest investigation of how history helps illuminate contemporary concerns about the nature and character of America's schools, William Reese explores the rise of public schools in the nineteenth century, the evolution of private school alternatives, and ongoing debates about modern schooling and reform. Americans have long invested considerable time, energy, and emotion in their schools, both private and public, and Reese's historical overviewhelps explain why.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This nifty collection of previously published articles adds to William J. Reese's established reputation as one of the foremost historians of American education...History, Education and the Schools is an excellent historiography, perfect for undergraduate and graduate courses on the topic."—Andrew Hartman, Register of the Kentucky Historial Society
 
"This is a superb collection of throughtful educational history essays ranging from the investigation of public and private schooling in the past to the analysis of how those educational experiences might inform decision-making today. This well-written book will be of great interest not only to scholars, but to education policymakers and the general public as well."—Maris A. Vinovskis, Bentley Professor of History and Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan
 
"This sparkling set of essays will be essential reading for anyone concerned with understanding education or improving schools - past, present, or future."—Gary McCulloch, Brian Simon Professor of the History of Educatin, Institute of Education, University of London
 
"This volume is timely, unique, and accessible. Highly recommended." —CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230621213
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: History and Its Uses * On the Nature and Purpose of History
• What History Teaches About the Impact of Educational Research Upon Practice
Part II: Urban Schools in the Nineteenth Century
• Public Education in St. Louis
• Political Economy and the High School
Part III: Private Schools, Past and Present * Changing Conceptions of "Public" and "Private" in American Educational History
Soldiers for Christ in the Army of God: The Christian School Movement
Part IV: The Fate of the Public Schools
• Public Schools and the Common Good
* Why Americans Love to Reform the Public Schools

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