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American Education,9780072397789

American Education

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Edition:
10th
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9780072397789

ISBN10:
0072397780
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Pub. Date:
7/1/2002
Publisher(s):
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
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Summary

"Clear, concise, and authoritative, American Education brings issues and challenging perspectives to teacher educators' classrooms. Revised every two years, the text provides an up-to-date introduction to the historical, political, social, and legal foundations of education and to the profession of teaching in the United States."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Joel Spring is currently a professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Table of Contents

PART 1: THE SCHOOL AND THE SOCIAL ORDER

Chapter 1: The Purposes of Public Schooling

The Political Purposes of Schooling

The Social Purposes of Schooling

The Economic Purposes of Schooling

The Economic Purposes of Schooling in a Global Economy

Human Capital and the Role of Business in American Education

Issues about Human Capitalism

Conclusion

Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter

Chapter 2: The Profession of Teaching

Teacher Education in a Global Economy

Current Issues in Teacher Education

Control Through Testing: National Licensing and Certification

National Licensing

National Certification

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Career Ladders and Salary Increases

Should Teachers Be Trained to ‘Teach to the Test’?

Teacher Education

The Rewards of Teaching

Working Conditions

Conclusion

Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter

Chapter 3: Teachers’ Unions and Teacher Politics

Differences Between the Two Unions

A Brief History of the National Education Association (NEA)

A Brief History of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

The NEA and the AFT Today

A Case Study: Tom Mooney, AFT Vice President and President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers

Salaries and Teacher Strikes

Conclusion

Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter

Chapter 4: Equality of Opportunity and Social Class

Equality of Opportunity and American Schools

Social Class and Education

Inequalities in School Expenditures

Savage Inequalities

Quality of City Schools

Social Reproduction

Should Tracking and Ability Grouping Be Abolished?

Resistance

Parental Involvement

Conclusion

Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter

Chapter 5: Equality of Educational Opportunity: Race, Gender, and Special Needs

Race, Gender, and Special Needs

The Law, Race, and Equality of Educational Opportunity

The Meaning of Race

Race and Social Class

The Economics of Racism

Defining Racism

Race, Social Class, and Equal Educational Opportunities

Teaching About Racism

The Future of Desegregation

Second-Generation Segregation

Segregation and Political Power

The Economic Value of Being A Male

The Recent Struggle for Equal Education for Women

Sexism and Education

Students with Special Needs

Inclusion

Teachers Resist the Call for Inclusion

Conclusion

Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter

Chapter 6: Student Diversity

Is It Hispanic or Latino?

The Changing Population of U. S. Schools

Varieties of Educational Experience of Immigrants to the United States

Immigrant Languages

Are U.S. Teachers Prepared for Language Diversity in the Schools?

Hispanic/Latino/Latina Students and U.S. Schools

Asian American Students and U.S. Schools

Native American Students and U.S. Schools

Conclusion: Cultural and Language Rights

Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter

Chapter 7: Multicultural Education

Dominated Cultures: John Ogbu

Empowerment through Multicultural Education: James Banks, Sonia Nieto, and Critical Pedagogy

Educating for Economic Power: Lisa Delpit

Ethnocentric Education

The Struggle Over Bilingual Education and ESL

Bicultural Education: Is This The Answer?

Globalization: Language and Cultural Rights

Conclusion

Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter

PART 2: POWER AND CONTROL IN AMERICAN EDUCATION

Chapter 8: Local Control, Home Schooling, Choice, Charter Schools, Privatization, and Commercialism

The Education Chair

School Boards

Who Knows Their School Board Members?

Educational Bureaucracy

Site-Based Management

Home Schooling

School Choice

Charter Schools

Characteristics of Charter Schools

Charter Schools and Privatization

Charter School Students

Charter Schools and Teachers Unions

Example of Two Charter Schools

For-Profit Schools and Privatization

Commercialism in Schools

Conclusion

Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter

Chapter 9: Power and Control at the State and National Levels: Accountability, High-Stakes Testing, School Violence, The Reading and Math Wars, and Private Foundations

The Relationship of Federal and State Control Over Education

Accountability and High-Stakes Tests As Part of State and Federal School Reform

The Backlash to High-Stakes Testing

Cheating on High-Stakes Tests

Student Violence and Federal Action: A Case Study

Should State and Federal Politics Determine Methods of

Instruction: The Reading and Math Wars

Private Foundations: The Invisible Power in Education

Should The Role of Politicians In Education Be Limited by Eliminating Compulsory-Education Laws?

Conclusion

Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter

Chapter 10: Textbooks, Curriculum, Internet E-Learning, and Instruction

Textbooks

Curriculum Standards and the Political Nature of Knowledge

Curriculum

John Dewey and Progressive Education

Humanistic Social Efficiency for the 21st Century

The Internet and E-Learning

Instruction

Critical Pedagogy

Conclusion

Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter

Chapter 11: The Courts and the Schools

Compulsion and Religion

School Prayer, Bible Reading, and Meditation

Public Aid to Private School Students

Secular Humanism and the Religion of Public Schools

Evolution and Creationism

Parents Rights

Teachers’ Rights

The Liability of Teachers

Teachers’ Private Lives

Students’ Rights

Schooling as a Property Right

Do School Authorities Have the Right to Beat Children?

The Language of the Schools

School Finances

Conclusion

Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter



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