The Irony of Early School Reform: Educational Innovation in Mid-Nineteenth Century Massachusetts

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Katz's 1968 classic is here accompanied by a lengthy new introduction by the author that assesses the changes in the field. The work locates the origins of American public education policy in education reform initiatives that accompanied the development of cities in Massachusetts following the Civil War. Katz (history, U. of Pennsylvania) delivers a strong critique of American formal education, one which, according to the new preface, still remains pertinent today. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674466500
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1968
  • Pages: 338

Table of Contents

Introduction - 2001 Edition
Introduction: Educational Reform: The Cloud of Sentiment and Historiography 1
Pt. I Reform by Imposition: Social Origins of Educational Controversy 19
1 The Abolition of Beverly High School 19
2 Educational Promoters and the High School 27
3 Local Opposition to Reform 50
4 Lawrence: From Model Town to Primary School of Vice 93
Pt. II The Uses of Pedagogy: Teachers and the Educational Process 115
1 The Heresy of Cyrus Peirce 115
2 Society's Hot Stimulus of Action and the Necessity of Restraint 117
3 The True Idea of Education 124
4 A New Motive to Moral Excellence vs. Emulation 131
5 God's Gardener: Strategies of Teacher Mobility 153
Pt. III Compulsory Education and the Urban Delinquent: The State Reform School 163
1 Reformers Against the Reform School 163
2 Delinquency and the Grading of Prisons 164
3 From Favorable Impressions to Imperfection of the Stock: The Theory of Crime and Poverty 170
4 At Once a Home and a School 185
5 The Results of Reform 202
Conclusion: Educational Reform: Myths and Limits 213
App. A Massachusetts Social, Economic, and Educational Statistics 221
App. B Communities and Education: An Analysis of Variance 225
App. C Social Composition of High School Enrollment 270
App. D Beverly: Analysis of the 1860 Vote on the High School Issue 272
Bibliographical Note 283
Notes 288
Index 321
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