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Foundations of Education: The Essential Texts



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Foundations of Education helps aspiring teachers interpret the craft of teaching within the historical, philosophical, cultural, and social contexts of education inside and outside of schools. This volume contains substantial selections from those works widely regarded as central to the development of the field. These are the essential texts that lay the basis of further study for any serious student of education. The text is organized around the separate foundations disciplines-history, politics, sociology, philosophy- and includes extended selections from the works of John Dewey and W.E.B. DuBois to contemporary thinkers such as Maxine Greene and Diane Ravitch. Noted scholar and editor of this volume, Susan Semel, provides an introductory essay that contextualizes the readings and highlights the selections' continued importance and application to today's most pressing educational issues.

Author Biography

Susan F. Semel is Professor of Education at The City College of New York as well as The Graduate Center of CUNY.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The History of Education
Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Othersp. 21
The Progressive Movement in American Education: A Perspectivep. 30
Inside the System: The Character of Urban Schools, 1890-1940p. 47
The Politics of Education
Broken Promises: School Reform in Retrospectp. 61
What "Counts" as Educational Policy? Notes toward a New Paradigmp. 81
The Democratic-Liberal Tradition Under Attackp. 101
The Sociology of Education
Functional and Conflict Theories of Educational Stratificationp. 117
The Logic of Teacher Sentimentsp. 137
The Tracking Warsp. 156
The Philosophy of Education
Experience and Educationp. 187
Wide-Awakeness and the Moral Lifep. 192
The Ideal of the Educated Personp. 200
Questions for Further Discussionp. 215
Permissionsp. 217
Indexp. 219
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