American School From the Puritans to No Child Left Behind

ISBN-10: 0073525898

ISBN-13: 9780073525891

Edition: 7th 2008

Authors: Joel Spring

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This current, comprehensive history of American education is designed to stimulate critical analysis and critical thinking by offering alternative interpretations of each historical period. The point of view taken by this text emphasizes 1) the role of multiculturalism and cultural domination in shaping U.S. schools, 2) the position of the school as one of many institutions that manage the distribution of ideas in society, 3) racism as a central issue in U.S. history and U.S. educational history, and 4) economic issues as an important factor in understanding the evolution of U.S. schools.
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List price: $95.67
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 11/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Joel Spring received his Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently a Professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His great-great-grandfather was the first Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory and his grandfather, Joel S. Spring, was a local district chief at the time Indian Territory became Oklahoma. He currently teaches at Queens College of the City University of New York.His major research interests are history of education, multicultural education, Native American culture, the politics of education, global education, and human rights education. He is the author of over twenty books and the most recent are How Educational Ideologies are Shaping Global Society; Education and the Rise of the Global Economy; The Universal Right to Education: Justification, Definition, and Guidelines; Globalization and Educational Rights; and Educating the Consumer Citizen: A History of the Marriage of Schools, Advertising, and Media.

List of Time Lines
Preface
Thinking Critically about History: Ideological Management, Culture Wars, and Consumerism
Reasons for studying American School History
My Perspective on Educational History
Culture and Religion as a Central Themes in Educational History
Schools as One Form of Ideological Management
The Role of Racism
Economic Goals
Consumerism and Environmental Education
Religion and Authority in Colonial Education
The Role of Education in Colonial Society
Authority and Social Status in Colonial New England
Colonialism and Educational Policy
Language and Cultural Domination
Native Americans: Education as Cultural Imperialism
Enslaved Africans: Atlantic Creoles
Enslaved Africans: The Plantation System
The Idea of Secular Education: Freedom of Thought and the Establishment of Academies
Benjamin Franklin and Education as Social Mobility
The Family and the Child
Conclusion
Nationalism, Multiculturalism, and Moral Reform in the New Republic
Noah Webster: Nationalism and the Creation of a Dominant Culture
Thomas Jefferson: A Natural Aristocracy
Moral Reform and Faculty Psychology
Concepts of Childhood: Protected, Working, Poor, Rural, and Enslaved
Charity Schools, the Lancasterian System, and Prisons
Institutional Change and the American College
Public versus Private Schools
Conclusion: Continuing Issues in American Education
The Ideology and Politics of the Common School
Three Distinctive Features of the Common School Movement
Workingmen and the Struggle for a Republican Education
The Whigs and the Democrats
The Birth of the High School
The Continuing Debate about the Common School Ideal
Conclusion
The Common School and the Threat of Cultural Pluralism
The Increasing Multicultural Population of the United States
Irish Catholics: A Threat to Anglo-American Schools and Culture
Slavery and Freedom in the North: African Americans and Schools in the New Republic
Native Americans
Conclusion
Organizing the American School: The Nineteenth-Century Schoolmarm
The American Teacher
The Maternal Model of Instruction
The Evolution of the Bureaucratic Model
McGuffey's Readers and the Spirit of Capitalism
Female Teachers Civilize the West
Conclusion
Multiculturalism and the Failure of the Common School Ideal
Mexican Americans: Race and Citizenship
Asian Americans: Exclusion and Segregation
Native American Citizenship
Citizenship for African Americans
Issues Regarding Puerto Rican Citizenship
Puerto Rican American Educational Issues
Conclusion: Setting the Stage for the Great Civil Rights Movement
Growth of the Welfare Function of Schools: School Showers, Kindergarten, Playgrounds, Home Economics, Social Centers, and Cultural Conflict
Immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe
Integrated Time Line
The Kindergarten Movement
Home Economics: Education of the New Consumer Woman
School Cafeterias, the American Cuisine, and Processed Foods
The Play Movement
Summer School
Social Centers
The New Culture Wars
Resisting Segregation: African Americans
The Second Crusade for Black Education
Resisting Segregation: Mexican Americans
Native American Boarding Schools
Resisting Discrimination: Asian Americans
Educational Resistance in Puerto Rico
Conclusion: Public Schooling As America's Welfare Institution
The School and the Workplace: High School, Junior High School, and Vocational Guidance and Education
The High School
Vocational Education, Vocational Guidance, and the Junior High School
Public Benefit or Corporate Greed?
Adapting the Classroom to the Workplace: Herbart, Dewey, and Thorndike
Conclusion: The Meaning of Equality of Opportunity
Meritocracy: The Experts Take Charge
Meritocracy and Efficient Management
Measurement, Democracy, and the Superiority of Anglo-Americans
Closing the Door to Immigrants: The 1924 Immigration Act
"Backward" Children and Special Classrooms
Eugenics and the Age of Sterilization
The University and Meritocracy
Conclusion
Integrated Time Line
The Politics of Knowledge: Teachers' Unions, the American Legion, and the American Way
Keep the Schools Out of Politics: The Politics of Education
The Politics of Professionalism: Teachers versus Administrators
The Rise of the National Education Association
The Political Changes of the Depression Years
The Politics of Ideological Management: The American Legion
Selling the "American Way" in Schools and on Billboards
Conclusion
Schools, Media, and Popular Culture: Influencing the Minds of Children and Teenagers
Educators and the Movies
Should Commercial Radio or Educators Determine National Culture?
Creating the Super Hero for Children's Radio
Controlling the Influence of Comic Books
Educating Children as Consumers
The Creation of Teenage Markets
Children and Youth from the 1950s to the 21st Century
Conclusion
Education and National Policy
The Cold War and National Educational Policy
Meritocracy and The Big Test
Ideological Management: Anticommunism
Back to the Basics: Scholars and Conservatives Take Charge
The National Defense Education Act
The War on Poverty
Children's Television Workshop and Sesame Street
Conclusion
The Great Civil Rights Movement, The New Immigration, and the New Culture Wars
School Desegregation
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Native Americans
Asian Americans: Educating the "Model Minority"
Hispanic/Latino Americans
Bilingual Education: The Culture Wars Continued
The Immigration Act of 1965 and the New American Population
Multicultural Education, Immigration, and the Culture Wars
Schools and the Women's Movement
Children with Special Needs
The Coloring of Textbook Town
Liberating the Textbook Town Housewife for More Consumption
Conclusion: The Cold War and Civil Rights
Education in the Twenty-First Century
The Religious Right and School Prayer
Environmental Education: The Radical Paradigm
The Nixon Administration and the Conservative Reaction
Accountability and the Increasing Power of the Standardized Test
The Reagan, Bush, and Clinton Years: National Standards, Choice, and Savage Inequalities
The End of the Common School: Choice, Privatization, and Charter Schools
The Commercialization of Schools and Education for Consumption
Textbooks: Environmentalism as the New Enemy
No Child Left Behind: Fulfillment of the American Educational Dream?
Conclusion
Index
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