The Origins of the American High School

The Origins of the American High School

by William J. Reese
     
 

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This engrossing book tells the story of American high schools in the nineteenth century. William Reese analyzes the social changes and political debates that shaped these institutions - from 1821, when the first public high school was established, in Massachusetts, to the 1880s, by which time a majority of secondary students in the North were enrolled in high schools.… See more details below

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This engrossing book tells the story of American high schools in the nineteenth century. William Reese analyzes the social changes and political debates that shaped these institutions - from 1821, when the first public high school was established, in Massachusetts, to the 1880s, by which time a majority of secondary students in the North were enrolled in high schools. Reese also explores in generous detail the experience of going to school. Drawing on the writings of local educators and school administrators as well as on student newspapers, diaries, and memoirs, he brings to life the high schools of a century ago, revealing what students studied and how they behaved, what teachers expected of them and how they taught, and how boys and girls, whites and blacks, and children in various parts of the nation perceived their schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300063844
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.20(d)

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