Public Education - America's Civil Religion A Social History

ISBN-10: 0807749478
ISBN-13: 9780807749470
Edition: 2009 (Revised)
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 10/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The author traces America's unquestioning faith in the capacity of public education to solve all of our social, economic, and political problems civil from before the civil war up to the No Child Left Behind legislation and discusses how this faith in education often makes it difficult for Americans to think realistically about the capacities and limitations of public schooling.

Carl L. Bankston III is professor and chair in the Department of Sociology and co-director of the Asian Studies Program at Tulane University. Stephen J. Caldas is professor of educatin in the Department of Foundations, Leadership and pOlicy Studies at Hofstra University.

Introduction: An American Faith
The United States and Schooling
The Creed of Education
Plan of the Book
Religions, Political and Civil
Rousseau and the Origins of the Concept of Civil Religion
Durkheim's Contribution
Political and Civil Religions
Bellah and American Civil Religion
Before Progressivism: Belief in Education in a Divided Nation
Early American Schooling and Religion
Education and Belief in the New Nation
Growth of the Common Schools
Regionalism and Localism: The Limits to Nationwide Schooling
Public Education in the Progressive Era
The Prelude to Progressive Education: Spread of Schooling in the South
Immigration and Americanization Through Schooling
The Schools and the Cult of the Nation
Faith, Science, and the Nation in Progressive Schooling
The Beginning of Active Federal Involvement
Schools at the Center of Civil Religion
Public Schooling Between World Wars: Management, Design, and Varieties of the Faith
Schools in an Industrial Society: A Commitment to Organization
Traditional and Progressive Ideologies in the Interwar Period
Education for Patriotism and Social Prophylaxis
Faith in Social Education: Intimations of Things to Come
The Single Faith of Traditional and Progressive Educators
After World War II: The Education Boom, Cold War, and Growing Calls for Equality
The Postwar Attention to Education
Education in the Economic Superpower
Government Sends America to School
The City on a Hill as Citadel of Freedom
The New Emphasis on Equal Opportunity
The Post-World War II Years: An End and a Beginning
Education for Equality and Education as Redistribution in the 1960s and 1970s
A Turning Point in the Faith
The War on Poverty and the New Assimilation
The Educational Front in the War on Poverty
Equality, the Judiciary, and the Schools
Impact of the Crisis in American Faith in Education
Anxiety and Standards: A Nation at Risk and the Equity-Excellence Dilemma in the 1980s and 1990s
Lamenting the Quality of Education
The Threat of Decline and the Quest for Renewal
Globalization and the Japanese Threat
The Equity and Excellence Dilemma
Where All the Children Are Above Average: Entering the 21st Century
No Child Left Behind
The Professional Reaction to No Child Left Behind
Mandating Equal Education in an Unequal Society
2001 and the Renewal of Civil Solidarity
A 21st-Century Civil Religion
Conclusion: American Civil Religion and the Schools
Development and Nature of the Faith
Problems and Paradoxes
References
Index
About the Authors

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