School: The Story of American Public Education

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Sarah Mondale, Sarah B. Patton
Beacon Press, 2002 - Education - 243 pages
16 Reviews
"[An] exemplary, thoroughly readable account." Publishers Weekly

"This book takes you through the history of how the idea of public education began, to where we are right now. . . . It's so beautifully done, judiciously done, and I'm really proud to help it along." Meryl Streep

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.
  

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Review: School: The Story of American Public Education

User Review  - Kristian - Goodreads

Informative - if cursory. I would recommend it as a rudimentary timeline that shapes the groundwork for further exploration of America's educational development and reform. Read full review

Review: School: The Story of American Public Education

User Review  - Sabine - Goodreads

Optimistic about the current state & future of American education - full of compelling facts/case studies and provides an easy-to-follow evolution of schooling in America. A quick read, but draws too much from the same sources and provides simplistic explanations for shifts in American education. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
11
The Educated Citizen
19
19001950 AS AMERICAN AS PUBLIC SCHOOL
61
Introduction
63
You Are an American
71
19501980 SEPARATE AND UNEQUAL
121
Introduction
123
Why Dont You Go to School with Us?
131
Introduction
173
A Nation at Risk?
183
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
215
BIBLIOGRAPHY
219
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
223
INDEX
225
PHOTO CREDITS
237
FILM CREDITS
241

19802000 THE BOTTOM LINE
171

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About the author (2002)

Mondale is director and co-producer of the television series "School". She is co-chair of Stone Lantern Films, Inc. and lives in the New York area.

Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Academy Award(R) thirteen times, winning twice. Her numerous film credits include The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie's Choice, Out of Africa, The Bridges of Madison County, Adaptation, and The Hours.

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