School: The Story of American Public Education

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Sarah Mondale, Sarah B. Patton
Beacon Press, 2001 - Education - 243 pages
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"[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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SCHOOL: The Story of American Public Education

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This earnest tie-in to a PBS series provides a solid introduction to the roller-coaster ride that has been public education in the US for the last 200 years.The goals and aspirations, and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joles - LibraryThing

This is an excellent book that I had as a textbook for a college course about education. The book follows a PBS special and gives the history behind education (in general.) The text is easy to follow ... 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 (2001)

Sarah Mondale is president and co-director of Stone Lantern Films, as well as a public school teacher in New York. She directed and co-produced the award-winning PBS series School (narrated by Meryl Streep), PBS primetime film Marcel Proust, Emmy award-winning Asylum and Megamall. Her most recent film, Backpack Full of Cash (2016) explores the privatization of public schools in America.

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