Schooled to Order: A Social History of Public Schooling in the United States / Edition 1

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'This is history of education in its finest tradition, i.e., education s social history rather than as mere schooling... Carefully researched, well written, and even-handed, Nasaw's book is an important addition to the debate over the evolution of public education in the United States.'

"A significant new addition tothe field of educational and social history... ."--Journal of Southern History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195028928
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/19/1979
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 706,689
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.31 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

David Nasaw, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History, the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and author of Andrew Carnegie

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
I The Common Schools 1835-1855
1 The New World and the Old 7
The children 7
The spread of indiscipline 16
Charity schools 18
2 The Ultimate Reform: The Common Schools 29
The reformers 30
The problem with the (unreformed) schools 33
A "common" republicanism; a "common" Protestantism 39
3 The Campaign for the Common Schools: The Enthusiasts, the Indifferent, and the Opposition 44
The manufacturers and the common schools 44
The workers, their organizations, and the common schools 48
The campaign for school taxes: the reformers vs. the districts 50
Who shall teach the children? 60
4 The Irish and the Common Schools 66
The Irish: making a living, building a community 66
Schools for Irish children 69
The reformers' response 72
5 The Legacy of Reform--the Ideology and the Institution 80
II The High Schools 1895-1915
6 The "Youth" Problem 87
The invention of "adolescence": G. Stanley Hall 87
The "bad boys": who were they? 89
The adolescent and the law 93
Child-saving 96
The "youth" problem as a "class" problem 98
7 The War Against the Wards 105
The call to battle 106
Business leads the charge 107
8 Reforming the High Schools 114
"Youth" problems, "class" problems, and some early attempts to solve them 115
High schools and white collars 117
The high schools: a new weapon in the battle for exports and against the unions 120
Industrial schooling: for whom? 124
9 New Studies for New Students 126
Industrial schooling for the "plain people" 127
Differentiation: the new democracy in secondary schooling 129
The new students: what they wanted, what they got 134
Social efficiency in secondary schooling 139
10 Reaction, Resistance, and the Final Compromise 146
The union response 146
The "plain people's" response 147
The educators' response 150
Secondary schooling: for industrial efficiency or for democracy? 154
The final compromise: the comprehensive high school 156
III Higher Education 1945-1970
11 Between the World Wars: To School or to Work? 161
High School: for whom? 161
College: for whom? 164
12 One Depression Cured, Another Prevented: Planning for War and Postwar 170
Fighting the war the American way 171
The G.1. Bill 173
13 In the "National Interest": The Private Universities in Postwar 183
From World War to Cold War: the state and the corporation 184
The R&D explosion 186
Of research and education 189
New funds and functions 192
14 A "Rising Tide" of Students: the Public Sector 197
Fewer "good" jobs and more job hunters 198
Postwar plans and planners: new goals for higher education 203
The "tidal wave" approaches 205
Of plans and planners 210
15 The "Tidal Wave" Contained--Open Admissions 214
Open admissions: for whom? 215
Open admissions: to where? and why? 221
The higher education pyramid 230
Conclusion 239
Notes 245
Bibliography 275
Index 295
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