Urban Education in the United States: A Historical Reader / Edition 1

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This book addresses an often-overlooked aspect of American education: the development of schools in large cities. John L. Rury introduces and highlights the most significant and classic essays dealing with urban schooling in this collection. Touching upon each of the country's principal geographic regions, Urban Education in the United States provides an introduction to critical themes in the history of city schools, framing each section with an overview of the major issues in urban education during particular periods in US history. This is an essential collection for students in urban education, the history of education, and American history.

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"John Rury has produced a gem of a book about American urban education. Bracketed by Rury's graceful introduction and epilogue, the essays in this volume extend across the entire history of the Republic. Arguably, urban schools today face greater obstacles and challenges than at any previous point in our nation's past. Yet we cannot hope to solve our contemporary woes if we continue to ignore their historical roots. I wish every American would read this book, which provides illuminating snapshots of the past--and sobering omens for the future."--Jonathan Zimmerman, Director, History of Education Program, New York University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403967787
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,015,259
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

John L. Rury is Chair of the Department of Teaching and Leadership and Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. He is author of several books including Education and Social Change: Themes in the History of American Schooling.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the changing social contours of urban education 1
Pt. 1 The origins of urban school systems 13
2 Common schools before the "common school revival" : New York schooling in the 1790s 17
3 The origins of public education in Baltimore, 1825-1829 37
4 Popular education in nineteenth century St. Louis 57
Pt. 2 Bureaucracy and curricular differentiation, 1870-1910 69
5 Bureaucracy and the common school : the example of Portland, Oregon, 1851-1913 75
6 Urban reform and the schools : kindergartens in Massachusetts, 1870-1915 97
7 Progressivism and curriculum differentiation : special classes in the Atlanta public schools, 1898-1923 119
Pt. 3 Policies and politics in urban schools, 1900-1940 137
8 Taxation and social conflict : teacher unionism and public school finance in Chicago, 1898-1934 143
9 Missing the mark : intelligence testing in Los Angeles public schools, 1922-32 159
10 The politics of educational retrenchment in Detroit, 1929-1935 179
Pt. 4 The postwar era : 1945-1980 213
11 Race and the politics of Chicago's public schools : Benjamin Willis and the tragedy of urban education 219
12 Bureaucratic order and special children : urban schools, 1950s-1960s 241
13 "The community is beginning to rumble" : the origins of Chicano educational protest in Houston, 1965-1970 257
Pt. 5 Urban school reform in the late twentieth century 275
14 After the fall : continuity and change in Detroit, 1981-1995 283
15 The Milwaukee voucher experiment 309
16 High stakes in Chicago 333
Epilogue : the uncertain future of urban education 341
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