School, Society, and State: A New Education to Govern Modern America, 1890-1940

School, Society, and State: A New Education to Govern Modern America, 1890-1940

by Tracy L. Steffes

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School, Society, and State: A New Education to Govern Modern America, 1890-1940 by Tracy L. Steffes

 “Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife,” wrote John Dewey in his classic work The School and Society. In School, Society, and State, Tracy Steffes places that idea at the center of her exploration of the connections between public school reform in the early twentieth century and American political development from 1890 to 1940.

American public schooling, Steffes shows, was not merely another reform project of the Progressive Era, but a central one. She addresses why Americans invested in public education and explains how an array of reformers subtly transformed schooling into a tool of social governance to address the consequences of industrialization and urbanization. By extending the reach of schools, broadening their mandate, and expanding their authority over the well-being of children, the state assumed a defining role in the education—and in the lives—of American families.

In School, Society, and State, Steffes returns the state to the study of the history of education and brings the schools back into our discussion of state power during a pivotal moment in American political development.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226435305
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/05/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tracy L. Steffes is assistant professor of history and education at Brown University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Urban School Reform, Professionalization, and the Science of Education 15

2 The Rural School Problem and the Complexities of National Reform 47

3 Redefining State Responsibility in Education 83

4 Public Interest and Parental Authority in the Compulsory School 119

5 Creating Citizens and Workers: Curriculum Reform and the Aims of Education in a Democracy 155

Conclusion: School, Society, and State 195

Noes 211

Index 269

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