School: The Story of American Public Education
"[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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jaimelesmaths - LibraryThing
Good overview of the history of public education in the United States, but short on details and specifics. However, very good overview of recent trends like charter schools, vouchers, and privatization. Read full review
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