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School

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ISBN13:

9780807042212

ISBN10:
0807042218
Format:
Trade Paper
Pub. Date:
8/16/2002
Publisher(s):
BEACON PRESS

Summary

Esteemed historians of education David Tyack, Carl Kaestle, Diane Ravitch, James Anderson, and Larry Cuban journey through history and across the nation to recapture the idealism of our education pioneers, Thomas Jefferson and Horace Mann. We learn how, in the first quarter of the twentieth century, massive immigration, child labor laws, and the explosive growth of cities fueled school attendance and transformed public education, and how in the 1950s public schools became a major battleground in the fight for equality for minorities and women. The debate rages on: Do today's reforms challenge our forebears' notion of a common school for all Americans? Or are they our only recourse today?This lavishly illustrated companion book to the acclaimed PBS documentary, School, is essential reading for anyone who cares about public education.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Meryl Streep
Introduction 1(10)
David Tyack
PART ONE: 1770-1900 THE COMMON SCHOOL
Introduction
11(8)
Carl F. Kaestle
The Educated Citizen
19(52)
PART TWO: 1900-1950 AS AMERICAN AS PUBLIC SCHOOL
Introduction
63(8)
Diane Ravitch
``You Are an American''
71(112)
PART THREE: 1950-1980 SEPARATE AND UNEQUAL
Introduction
123(50)
James D. Anderson
``Why Don't you go to school with Us?''
PART FOUR: 1980-2000 THE BOTTOM LINE
Introduction
173(10)
Larry Cuban
A Nation at Risk?
183(32)
Acknowledgments 215(4)
Bibliography 219(4)
About the Authors 223(2)
Index 225(12)
Photo Credits 237(4)
Film Credits 241


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