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

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In this second edition of The School in the United States: A Documentary History, James W. Fraser once again provides the essential primary documents for a study of the history of education in the United States. Consisting of expertly-chosen excerpts from important educational documents from the colonial era to the present, this updated edition features:

  • Additional material on Noah Webster’s Speller, McGuffey’s Reader, debates over black education during Reconstruction
  • A new chapter on the emergence of high school and the role of vocational education
  • A new chapter on Education in the Era of No Child Left Behind
  • Over a dozen black and white photos to further enhance students’ experience with the texts

Each chapter begins with an introduction that places the selections into context and provides the necessary background to the issues being discussed. Comprehensive enough to be used as a main text, but brief enough to be used alongside another, The School in the United States remains an ideal resource and textbook for any student and teacher of the history of education in the United States.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415802116
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (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


1. The School in Colonial America, 1620-1770

2. The American Revolution and Schools for the New Republic, 1770-1820

3. The Common School Movement, 1820-1860

4: Schooling Moves West, 1835-1860

5: Slavery, Reconstruction, and the Schools of the South, 1820-1937

6: The Emergence of the High School, 1821-1959

7: Growth and Diversity in Schools and Students, 1880-1960

8: The Progressive Era, 1890-1950

9: Schools in the Cold War Era, 1950-1970

10: Civil Rights, Integration, and School Reform, 1954-1980

11: Rights and Opportunities in American Education, 1965-1980

12: Reform Efforts of the 1980s and 1990s

13: Education in the Era of No Child Left Behind, 2001-2009

Bibliography: For Further Reading
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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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