American Education

Front Cover
Routledge, Aug 14, 2015 - Education - 346 pages
0 Reviews

Joel Spring’s American Education introduces readers to the historical, political, social, and legal foundations of education and to the profession of teaching in the United States. In his signature straightforward and concise approach to describing complex issues, Spring illuminates events and topics and that are often overlooked or whitewashed, giving students the opportunity to engage in critical thinking about education. In this edition he looks closely at the global context of education in the U.S. Featuring current information and challenging perspectives—with scholarship that is often cited as a primary source, students will come away from this clear, authoritative text informed on the latest topics, issues, and data and with a strong knowledge of the forces shaping of the American educational system.

Changes in the 17th Edition include new and updated material and statistics on

  • economic theories related to "skills" education and employability

  • the conflict between a skills approach and cultural diversity
  • political differences regarding education among the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian and Green parties
  • social mobility and equality of opportunity as related to schooling
  • global migration and student diversity in US schools
  • charter schools and home schooling


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


The History and Political Goals of Public Schooling
The Social Goals of Schooling
Education and Equality of Opportunity
Human Capital
Race Gender
Student Diversity
Multicultural and Multilingual Education
Local Control Choice Charter Schools and Home
Power and Control at State and National Levels
The Profession of Teaching
Globalization of Education

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2015)

Joel Spring is a Professor at Queens College/City University of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA.

Bibliographic information