Varieties of Historical Interpretation of the Foundations and Development of American Education
Author: Joel H. Spring
Publisher: New York : Longman
This volume focuses on the social, political, and ideological forces that have shaped schooling in America from colonial times to the present. Spring seeks to provide a broad understanding of historical events and controversies surrounding the development of educational practices and theories, the role of religion in the schools, social forces affecting education, and the uses of education in local and national politics. He also covers the quest for and debates about the meaning of equal educational opportunity; the evolution of the teaching profession and teachers unions; the relation between school, family, and women teachers; and the economic purposes of schooling. The author also discusses the various historical interpretations for each period of American educational history. ISBN 0-582-28571-2 (pbk.): $17.95.
The Cold War Pursuit of Inquiry Learning in Social Studies
Author: Ronald W. Evans
The Hope of American School Reform tells the story of the origins of the reform in science and math education. The book is drawn, in part, on new research from previously untapped archival sources. The aim of this work is to contribute to our understanding of a major effort to reform school curricula.
An urgent case for protecting public education, from one of America's best-known education experts In this landmark book, Diane Ravitch - former assistant secretary of education and a leader in the drive to create a national curriculum - examines her career in education reform and repudiates positions that she once staunchly advocated. Drawing on over forty years of research and experience, Ravitch critiques today's most popular ideas for restructuring schools, including privatization, the Common Core, standardized testing, the replacement of teachers by technology, charter schools, and vouchers. She shows conclusively why the business model is not an appropriate way to improve schools. Using examples from major cities like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, and San Diego, Ravitch makes the case that public education today is in peril and includes clear prescriptions for improving America's schools. The Death and Life of the Great American School System is more than just an analysis of the state of play of the American education system. It is a must-read for any stakeholder in the future of American schooling.