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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  
Conclusion  
 
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  
Conclusion  
 
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  
Conclusion  
 
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  
Conclusion  
 
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  
Conclusion  
 
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  
Conclusion  
 
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  
Conclusion  
 
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  
Moderates  
Neo-Conservatives  
Conclusion  
 
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  
Conclusion  
 
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  
Conclusion  
 
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  
Conclusion  
 
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?  
Conclusion  
 
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  
Conclusion  
 
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  
Conclusion  
 
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  
Homeschooling  
Conclusion  

"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.

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

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