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American Educational History

American Educational History
School, Society, and the Common Good

January 2007 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"This is an excellent text in the field of U.S. educational history. The author does a great job of linking past events to the current trends and debates in education. I am quite enthusiastic about this book. It is well-written, interesting, accessible, quite balanced in perspective, and comprehensive. It includes sections and details, that I found fascinating – and I think students will too."

—Gina Giuliano, University at Albany, SUNY

"This book offers a comprehensive and fair account of an American Educational History. The breadth and depth of material presented are vast and compelling."

—Rich Milner, Vanderbilt University

An up-to-date, contemporary examination of historical trends that have helped shape schools and education in the United States…

Key Features:

  • Covers education developments and trends beginning with the Colonial experience through the present day, placing an emphasis on post-World War II issues such as the role of technology, the standards movement, affirmative action, bilingual education, undocumented immigrants, and school choice.
  • Introduces cutting-edge controversies in a way that allows students to consider a variety of viewpoints and develop their own thinking skills
  • Examines the educational history of increasingly important groups in U.S. society, including that of African American women, Native Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans.
Intended Audience
This core text is designed for undergraduate and graduate courses such as Foundations of Education; Educational History; Introduction to Education; Philosophy of Education; American History; Sociology of Education; Educational Policy; and Educational Reform in the departments of Education, History, and Sociology.

1. The Colonial Experience, 1607-1776
The Colonists at Jamestown

The Spanish Colonists in Florida

The Pilgrims/Puritans

Education Contributions of Other Groups

The Extent of the Puritan Contribution

The Growth of Higher Education Before the Revolutionary War

Relations Between the Puritans and Native Americans Deteriorate


2. The Effects of the Revolutionary War Era on American Education
Distinguishing a Truly American System of Education

The Rise of Charity Schools

Supplements to Charity Schools

Free Schools and African Americans

The Charity School Movement Becomes Nationwide

The Decline of the Charity School System

The College Level


3. The Early Political Debates and Their Effect on the American Education System
The Views of the Democratic Republics and the Federalists

The Presidents and Educational Leaders from Each Political Party

How the Victories By Democratic-Republicans Influenced American Education


4. Education, African Americans, and Slavery
African American Education in the North

The Education of African Americans in the South

Changing American Education Forever: Education and Events Leading Up to the Election of Lincoln and Liberation for the Slaves

American Northern Heroes


5. The Education of Women and Native Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans
The Education of Women

The Education of Native Americans

The Education of Asian Americans

The Education of Latinos


6. The Widespread Growth of the Common School & Higher Education
Horace Mann and the Rise of the Common Schools

Mann's Arguments that Common Schools Would Promote the Common Good

Resistance to the Public Schools

Contemporaries of Horace Mann in the Common School Movement

The Civil War and the Common School Movement

The Growth of Higher Education During the First Half of the 1800s

Where State Universities Grew and Where They Did Not

The Growth of State Colleges in Other States


7. The Effects of the Events During and Between the Civil War and World War I
The Impact of the Civil War

The Impact of the Post-Civil War Period

The Debate Over African American Education

Increased Immigration

Social Role of the School

Land Grant Colleges

Major Events in the Post-Civil War Period

Events Leading Up to and Including World War I


8. The Liberal Philosophy of Education As Distinguished from Conservatism
The Schools of Educational Philosophy

The Educational Philosophy of John Dewey

Other Liberal Reformers

Moderate Liberals




9. The Great Depression and the Long-Term Effects on World War II and the Cold War on American Education
The Educational Challenges of the Great Depression (1929-1941)

The Impact of World War II on Education

The Rise of Community Colleges

The Cold War


10. The Civil Rights Movement and Federal Involvement in Educational Policy
Truman's Contribution

The Pursuit of Civil Rights Legislation in the Courts

Brown Helps Build Momentum for the Civil Rights Movement

Expanding the Reach of the Civil Rights Movement: Affirmative Action

Expanding the Reach of the Civil Rights Movement: Bilingual Eduation


11. The Turbulence of the 1960s
The Vietnam War and Student Activism

Civil Rights and Education

The New York City Teacher's Strike

The Primacy of New Educational Thought

The Removal of Prayer from the Schools

Sex Education


12. The Rise of Public Criticism of Education
Basic Arguments

Addressing the Data

What Does the College Board's Assessment Mean?

Advances in Public Education During the 1963-1980 Period

How Did the Rising Criticism of Education Influence Schools?


13. The Rise of Multiculturalism & Other Issues
The Rise of Multiculturalism

The Success of Multicultural Curricula

The Debate About Multiculturalism

The Future of Multiculturalism

Vocational Education

Education for the Children with Special Needs or Disabilities


14. Educational Reform Under the Republicans and Democrats
Reforms Under the Republicans Reagan, Bush, and George W. Bush

Democratic Party Reforms Under Bill Clinton

The Political Atmosphere Today


15. Other Recent Educational Issues and Reforms
Equalization of School Expenditures

School Shootings

School Uniforms

The Influence of the Family

Learning from Foreign Systems of Education

Technology in the Schools




"This book is riveting and a must-read for those interested in understanding how and why the American education system developed as it did. One of the major strengths of this book is the way it nests the development of the American educational system into the larger history of the United States and the world. Moreover, Jeynes adeptly addresses the ideological, economic, racial, moral, spiritual, political, and democratic impulses fueling the development of the educational system and how changes in education have impacted our society.Jeynes uses rich detail and insightful analysis to draw the reader in, providing vignettes to highlight significant people, ideas, or events.
Jeynes also carefully relates historical educational phenomena to current educational and societal issues. Finally, he includes thought-provoking questions interspersed throughout the text and at the end of each chapter to encourage reflection and discussion.We have much to learn from Jeynes’ fascinating and refreshing overview of the development of education inAmerica!"

James M. M. Hartwick, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
James M. M. Hartwick, Ph.D.

For other course

Professor Dennis Cowan
School Of Education, Adelphi University
March 21, 2011

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