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American Education

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Edition:
9th
ISBN13:

9780072295696

ISBN10:
0072295694
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/1/1999
Publisher(s):
McGraw Hill College Div

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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

PREFACE ix(2)
A GUIDE TO WEB SITES IN EDUCATION xi
Part 1 THE SCHOOL AND THE SOCIAL ORDER 3(172)
1 The Purposes of Public Schooling
3(25)
The Political Purposes of Schooling
6(5)
The Social Purposes of Schooling
11(5)
The Economic Purposes of Schooling
16(1)
The Economic Purposes of Schooling in a Global Economy
17(3)
Human Capital and the Role of Business in American Education
20(1)
Issues About Human Capitalism
21(1)
Political Attitudes and Education
22(2)
Exercises
24(1)
Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter
24(4)
2 The Profession of Teaching
28(24)
Teacher Education in a Global Economy
30(2)
Current Issues in Teacher Education
32(1)
Control Through Testing: National Licensing and Certification
33(2)
National Licensing
35(1)
National Certification
36(2)
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
38(1)
Career Ladders and Salary Increases
38(2)
Should Teacher Be Trained to "Teach to the Test"?
40(1)
Teacher Education
40(3)
The Rewards of Teaching
43(2)
Working Conditions
45(3)
Conclusion
48(1)
Exercises
48(1)
Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter
49(3)
3 Teachers' Unions and Teacher Politics
52(24)
Differences Between the Two Unions
53(1)
A Brief History of the National Education Association (NEA)
54(3)
A Brief History of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
57(3)
The NEA and the AFT Today
60(2)
One Big Union: The Struggle to Merge the Two Unions
62(2)
A Case Study of the President of a Local Teachers' Union
64(5)
Salaries and Teacher Strikes
69(4)
Exercises
73(1)
Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter
73(3)
4 The Social Structure and American Education
76(30)
Equality of Opportunity
76(4)
Social-Class Differences in Education
80(5)
Education, Income, Social Class, and Race in the Global Economy
85(2)
Savage Inequalities
87(7)
The New Job Market
94(2)
Savage Inequalities, the Job Market, and the Global Economy
96(1)
Social Reproduction
97(2)
Should Tracking and Ability Grouping Be Abolished?
99(1)
Resistance
100(2)
Parental Involvement
102(1)
Exercises
102(1)
Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter
103(3)
5 Equality of Educational Opportunity
106(40)
Race and Social Class
108(2)
The Economics of Racism
110(1)
Defining Racism
111(2)
The Changing Color of the United States
113(1)
Race, Social Class, and Equal Educational Opportunities
114(2)
Teaching About Racism
116(1)
The Legal Requirements for Equal Educational Opportunity
117(2)
Integration: Magnet Schools and Choice
119(1)
The Failure of Desegregation
120(1)
Second-Generation Segregation
121(2)
Segregation and Political Power
123(1)
Native-Americans
124(2)
Mexican-Americans
126(2)
Asian-Americans
128(2)
The Recent Struggle for Equal Education for Women
130(1)
Sexism and Education
131(5)
Students with Special Needs
136(1)
Inclusion
137(2)
Teachers Resist the Call for Inclusion
139(1)
Conclusion
140(1)
Exercises
140(1)
Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter
141(5)
6 Multicultural Education
146(29)
The New Immigrants
147(4)
Immigrant Languages
151(2)
Immigrants and Teachers
153(1)
Dominated Cultures
154(3)
Ethnocentric Education
157(3)
Bilingual Education and ESL
160(5)
Bicultural Education
165(1)
Multicultural Education
166(2)
Conclusion
168(1)
Exercises
168(1)
Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter
169(6)
Part 2 POWER AND CONTROL IN AMERICAN EDUCATION 175
7 Local Control, Home Schooling, Choice, Charter Schools, and Privatization
175(26)
Who Should Control Knowledge in a Democratic Society?
176(1)
Representation and Schools Boards
177(2)
Who Knows Their School Board Members?
179(2)
Educational Bureaucracy
181(1)
Site-Based Management
182(1)
Home Schooling
182(3)
Choice
185(4)
Charter Schools
189(3)
For-Profit Schools and Privatization
192(3)
Conclusion
195(1)
Exercises
196(1)
Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter
196(5)
8 Power and Control at the State Level
201(17)
The Organization of State Systems of Education
203(2)
Business and Teachers' Unions in State Politics
205(2)
State Education Reform
207(1)
The Politics of State Education
207(3)
The Nationalization of State Policies
210(1)
Should States Have Compulsory-Education Laws?
211(3)
Conclusion
214(1)
Exercises
215(1)
Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter
215(3)
9 Power and Control at the National Level
218(19)
Student Violence and Federal Action: A Case Study
219(2)
Methods of Federal Control
221(6)
The Politics of Education at the National Level
227(3)
Private Foundations
230(2)
Accrediting Associations
232(2)
Conclusion
234(1)
Exercises
234(1)
Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter
235(2)
10 Textbooks, Curriculum, and Instruction
237(28)
Textbooks
239(5)
Tests
244(1)
Standards and the Political Nature of Knowledge
245(4)
Curriculum
249(6)
Instruction
255(3)
Critical Pedagogy
258(3)
Conclusion
261(1)
Exercises
262(1)
Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter
262(3)
Chapter 11 The Courts and the Schools
265
Compulsion and Religion
267(4)
School Prayer, Bible Reading, and Meditation
271(2)
Public Aid to Private School Students
273(3)
Secular Humanism and the Religion of Public Schools
276(3)
Evolution and Creationism
279(1)
Parents' Rights
280(1)
Teachers' Rights
281(4)
The Liability of Teachers
285(1)
Teachers' Private Lives
286(2)
Students' Rights
288(3)
Schooling as a Property Right
291(1)
Do School Authorities Have the Right to Beat Children?
292(2)
The Language of the Schools
294(1)
School Finances
295(2)
Exercises
297(1)
Suggested Readings and Works Cited in Chapter
297


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