The American School 1642 - 2000

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-07-07
  • Publisher: MCG (Manual)
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This point-of-view, comprehensive, up-to-date history of American education is designed to stimulate critical analysis and critical thinking. It offers decidedly alternative interpretations of each historical period. It has an emphasis on the role of multiculturalism and cultural domination in shaping US schools, on schools as one of many institutions that manage the distribution of ideas in society, on racism as a central issue in US history and US educational history, and on economic issues as an important factor in understanding the evolution of US schools.

Author Biography

Joel Spring is professor of education at the State University of New York - College at New Paltz.

Table of Contents

1: Thinking Critically about History: Ideological Management and the Culture Wars

2: Religion and Authority in Colonial Education

3: The Ghost Dance and the Schooling of Native Americans

4: Nationalism, Multiculturalism, and Moral Reform in the New Republic

5: The Common School and the Threat of Cultural Pluralism

6: The Ideology and Politics of the Common School

7: Organizing the American School: The Nineteenth-Century Schoolmarm

8: Educational Racism: Native Americans and Asian Americans

9: Hispanic/Latino Americans: Exclusion and Segregation

10: Education and Segregation: African Americans

11: Growth of the Welfare Function of Schools: School Showers, Kindergarten, Playgrounds, and Social Centers

12: The School and the Workplace: High School, Junior High School, and Vocational Guidance and Education

13: Meritocracy: The Experts Take Charge

14: The Politics of Knowledge: Teachers Unions, American Legion, Radicalism, Movies and Radio

15: Education and National Policy

16: The Great Civil Rights Movement and the New Culture Wars

17: The End of the Century

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