School: The Story of American Public Education
Sarah Mondale, Sarah B. Patton
Beacon Press, 2002 - Education - 243 pages
"[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 EducationUser 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 EducationUser 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
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