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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.

For other course

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

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