The School in the United States: A Documentary History / Edition 2

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Students come alive when dealing with primary sources. Yet no current History of Education text supplies primary source documents. Fraser's unique text is a documentary history of education in the United States and can save the instructor from doing a good deal of photocopying. It consists of primary source documents which illustrate and map the establishment and evolution of education in America. For example,the text includes documents such as Beecher's "Essay on the Education of Female Teachers," "A Nation At Risk: Report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education," and selections from Dewey's School and Society and Holt's How Children Fail. Introductions and explanations frame the primary sources to help students understand the background and context of the documents. The book can be used as a main or a supplemental text at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415802109
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James W. Fraser is Professor of History and Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University and Senior Vice President for Programs at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the history of education and teacher education. His most recent book is Preparing America’s Teachers: A History.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The School in Colonial America, 1620-1770 1
Ch. 2 The American Revolution and Schools for the New Republic, 1770-1820 17
Ch. 3 The Common School Movement, 1820-1860 48
Ch. 4 Schooling Moves West, 1835-1860 89
Ch. 5 Slavery, Reconstruction, and the Schools of the South, 1820-1903 107
Ch. 6 Growth and Diversity in Schools and Students, 1880-1960 140
Ch. 7 The Progressive Era, 1890-1950 181
Ch. 8 Schools in the Cold War Era, 1950-1970 222
Ch. 9 Civil Rights, Integration, and School Reform, 1954-1980 255
Ch. 10 Rights and Opportunities in American Education, 1965-1980 293
Ch. 11 Reform Efforts of the 1980s and 1990s 319
Bibliography: For Further Reading 351
Sources and Credits 357
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  • Posted July 15, 2014

    . This book comprehensively covered each era from the first sett

    . This book comprehensively covered each era from the first settlers of the nation through the No Child Left Behind Act of the early 2000s. Fraser gave a helpful summary at the start of each chapter and then use primary sources to indicate the arguments that accompanied the issues of the times. This helped really keep my interest and really drew me into some debates, such as the notion of whether the control of a school’s curriculum should fall to the federal government, to the states, or to the local institutions themselves, or the question of multicultural education and how to tackle that in the classroom. My one disappointment with the book is that it didn’t extend to the present day and the new Common Core standards that are being developed, but I understand that it was printed in 2010, so hopefully they will publish an updated version that covers the issues of today.

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