The American School, A Global Context: From the Puritans to the Obama Administration

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  • Edition: 9th
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  • Copyright: 2013-07-16
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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The American School, A Global Context: From the Puritans to the Obama Administration by Joel Spring focuses on the process of educational globalization and the development of American schools in a global context.

Table of Contents

List of Time Lines  


Chapter 1 Thinking Critically about History

Interpreting School History: From the Right to the Left

Purposes of Educational History and its Effect on Public Images and Emotions Regarding Schools

Themes in American Educational History

Globalization Framework

The Effect of Cultural and Religious Differences on Schools

Schools as Managers of Public Thought

Racial and Ethnic Conflict as a Theme in School History

The Role in Educational History of Equality of Opportunity and Human Capital

Chapter 2 Globalization and Religion in Colonial Education

Education and Culture in Colonial Society 

The Role of Education in Colonial Society  

Historical Interpretations of Colonial Education

Authority and Social Status in Colonial Education

Colonialism and Educational Policy  

Language and Cultural Domination  

Native Americans: Education as Cultural Imperialism  

Enslaved Africans: Atlantic Creoles  

Enslaved Africans: The Plantation System  

The Idea of Secular Education: Freedom of Thought and the Establishment of Academies  

Benjamin Franklin and Education as Social Mobility  

The Family and the Child  


Chapter 3 Nationalism, Multiculturalism, and Moral Reform in the New Republic 

World Culture Theorists

The Problem of Cultural Diversity

Noah Webster: Nationalism and the Creation of a Dominant Culture 

Thomas Jefferson: A Natural Aristocracy  

Moral Reform and Faculty Psychology  

Concepts of Childhood: Protected, Working, Poor, Rural, and Enslaved

Charity Schools, the Lancasterian System, and Prisons 

Institutional Change and the American College  

Public versus Private Schools  

Conclusion: Continuing Issues in American Education  

Chapter 4 The Ideology and Politics of the Common School  

Three Distinctive Features of the Common School Movement  

Workingmen and the Struggle for a Republican Education 

How Much Government Involvement in Schools?

The Whigs and the Democrats

The Birth of the High School

The Continuing Debate about the Common School Ideal  


Chapter 5 The Common School and the Threat of Cultural Pluralism  

The Increasing Multicultural Population of the United States  

Irish Catholics: A Threat to Anglo-American Schools and Culture  

Slavery and Freedom in the North: African Americans and Schools in the New Republic  

Native Americans  


Chapter 6 Organizing the American School: Teachers and Bureaucracy

The American Teacher  

Revolution in Teaching Methods: Object Learning  

The Evolution of Bureaucracy: A Global Model

The Age-Graded Classroom  

McGuffey's Readers and the Spirit of Capitalism  


Chapter 7 Multiculturalism and the Failure of the Common School Ideal  

Mexican Americans: Race and Citizenship  

Asian Americans: Exclusion and Segregation

Educational Racism and Deculturalization  

Native American Citizenship  

Citizenship for African Americans  

Issues Regarding Puerto Rican Citizenship   

Conclusion: Setting the Stage for the Great Civil Rights Movement  

Chapter 8 Global Migration and the Growth of the Welfare Function of Schools

Immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe  

The Kindergarten Movement  

Home Economics: Education of the New Consumer Woman  

School Cafeterias, the American Cuisine, and Processed Foods  

The Play Movement  

Summer School  

Social Centers  

The New Culture Wars  

Resisting Segregation: African Americans   

Resisting Segregation: Mexican Americans  

Native American Boarding Schools  

Resisting Discrimination: Asian Americans  

Educational Resistance in Puerto Rico  

Conclusion: Public Schooling As America's Welfare Institution  

Chapter 9 Human Capital: High School, Junior High School, and Vocational Guidance and Education  

The High School  

Vocational Education

Junior High School

Adapting the Classroom to the Workplace: Lesson Plans 

Adapting the Classroom to the Workplace: Progressivism

Adapting the Classroom to the Workplace: Stimulus-Response

Classroom Management as Preparation for Factory Life

Historical Interpretations: Public Benefit or Corporate Greed?  

Conclusion: The Meaning of Equality of Opportunity  

Chapter 10 Scientific School Management: Testing, Immigrants and Experts

Scientifically Managed Schools: Meritocracy and Reducing Public Control  

Professionalizing Educational Administration

Measurement, Democracy, and the Superiority of Anglo-Americans 

Closing the Door to Immigrants: The 1924 Immigration Act  

"Backward" Children and Special Classrooms  

Eugenics and the Age of Sterilization  

The University and Meritocracy  


Chapter 11 The Politics of Knowledge: Teachers' Unions, the American Legion, and the American Way  

Teachers versus Administrators: The American Federation of Teachers  

The Rise of the National Education Association  

The Political Changes of the Depression Years  

The Politics of Ideological Management: The American Legion  

Selling the "American Way" in Schools and on Billboards


Chapter 12 Schools, Media, and Popular Culture: Influencing the Minds of Children and Teenagers  

Censorship of Movies as a Form of Public Education

Educators and the Movies  

Should Commercial Radio or Educators Determine National Culture?  

Creating the Super Hero for Children's Radio  

Controlling the Influence of Comic Books  

Educating Children as Consumers  

The Creation of Teenage Markets  

Children and Youth from the 1950s to the 21st Century 


Chapter 13 American Schools and Global Politics: The Cold War and Poverty

Youth Unemployment: Universal Military Service and the GI Bil

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the Educational Testing Service

The Cold War and Purging the Schools of Communists

American Schools: Weakest Link to Global Victory?

Global Imperatives: The National Defense Education Act 

Schools and The War on Poverty 

Sesame Street and Educational Television 


Chapter 14 Globalization, Civil Rights, Immigration, Religion and Online Instruction

Ending School Segregation of National Minorities

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

Native Americans and Indigenous Educational Rights  

Asian Americans: Educating the "Model Minority"

Hispanic/Latino Americans  

Bilingual Education: The Culture Wars Continued  

The Immigration Act of 1965 and the New American Population  

Multicultural Education and the Culture Wars

Schools and the International Women's Movement  

Children with Special Needs  

The Coloring of Textbook Town  

Liberating the Textbook Town Housewife for More Consumption  



Conclusion: The Cold War and Civil Rights  

Chapter 15 The Triumph of Global Corporatism: From Nixon to Common Core State Standards

School Prayer and Bible Reading

The Nixon Years: Career Education and Busing

Accountability and Standardized Testing  

Global Educational Goals: National Standards, Choice, and Savage Inequalities  

The End of the Common School: Choice, Privatization, and Charter Schools

Educating for the Consumer Economy

Education for Global Work and Consumption

No Child Left Behind and Religious Conservatives

Race To The Top

Common Core State Standards

Global Crisis and the Demise of Environmental Education



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