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

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-21
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This current, comprehensive history of American education is designed to stimulate critical analysis and critical thinking by offering alternative interpretations of each historical period. The point of view taken by this text emphasizes 1) the role of multiculturalism and cultural domination in shaping U.S. schools, 2) the position of the school as one of many institutions that manage the distribution of ideas in society, 3) racism as a central issue in U.S. history and U.S. educational history, and 4) economic issues as an important factor in understanding the evolution of U.S. schools.

Table of Contents

List of Time Lines
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
Globalization: Consumer and Environmental Education
Religion and Authority 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
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
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
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
Organizing the American School: Teachers and Bureaucracy
The American Teacher
Revolution in Teaching Methods: Object Learning
The Evolution of Bureaucracy: A Global Model
McGuffey's Readers and the Spirit of Capitalism
Multiculturalism and the Failure of the Common School Ideal
Mexican Americans: Race and Citizenship
Asian Americans: Exclusion and Segregation
Native American Citizenship
Citizenship for African Americans
Issues Regarding Puerto Rican Citizenship
Puerto Rican American Educational Issues
Conclusion: Setting the Stage for the Great Civil Rights Movement
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
The Second Crusade for Black Education
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
Human Capital: High School, Junior High School, and Vocational Guidance and Education
The High School
The High School and Adolescent Psychology
The Comprehensive High School and the Cardinal Principles of Secondary Education
High School Social Life: Cheerleaders and Assemblies
Vocational Education
Vocational Guidance
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
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
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
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
American Schools and Global Politics: The Cold War and Poverty
Youth Unemployment: Universal Military Service and the GI Bill
National Science Foundation and Science Instruction
Universal Military Training and the Channeling of Youth for Global Warfare
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
Head Start and the Origins of No Child Left Behind
Sesame Street and Educational Television
The Fruits of Globalization: Civil Rights, Global Migration and Multicultural Education
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, Immigration, 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
Globalizing the American School: From Nixon to Obama
School Prayer and Bible Reading
Nixon Years: Career Education and Busing
Accountability and Standardized Testing
Global Educational Goals: National Standards, Choice, and Savage Inequalities
Educating for the Consumer Economy
Education for Global Work and Consumption: No Child Left Behind
No Child Left Behind and Religious Conservatives
The 2008 Election: Global Economy and Cultural Divide
Global Crisis and the Demise of Environmental Education
Conclusion: From Horace Mann to Barack Obama
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