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The American school : a global context from the puritans to the Obama era

Author: Joel H Spring
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 8th edView all editions and formats
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A Global Context From the Puritans to the Obama Era by Joel Spring focuses on the process of educational globalization and the development of American schools in a global context. --Book Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joel H Spring
ISBN: 9780078097843 0078097843
OCLC Number: 457173814
Description: xii, 459, I-21 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Thinking critically about history --
Interpreting school history: from the right to the left --
Purposes of educational history and its effect on public images and emotions regarding schools --
Themes in American educational history --
Globalization framework --
The effect of cultural and religious differences on schools --
Schools as managers of public thought --
Racial and ethnic conflict as a theme in school history --
The role in educational history of equality of opportunity and human capital --
Consumer and environmental education --
2. Globalization and religion in colonial education --
Education and culture in colonial society --
The role of education in colonial society --
Historical interpretations of colonial education --
Authority and social status in colonial education --
Colonialism and educational policy --
Language and cultural conflict --
Native Americans: education as cultural imperialism --
Enslaved Africans: Atlantic Creoles --
Enslaved Africans: the plantation system --
The idea of secular freedom: freedom of thought and the establishment of academies --
Benjamin Franklin and education as social mobility --
The family and the child --
Conclusion --
3. Nationalism, multiculturalism, and moral reform in the new republic --
World culture theorists --
The problem of cultural diversity --
Noah Webster: nationalism and the creation of a dominant culture --
Thomas Jefferson: a natural aristocracy --
Moral reform and faculty psychology --
Concepts of childhood: protected, working, poor, rural, and enslaved --
Charity schools, the Lancasterian system, and prisons --
Institutional change and the American college --
Public versus private schools --
Conclusion: continuing issues in American education --
4. The ideology and politics of the Common School --
Three distinctive features of the Common School Movement --
Workingmen and the struggle for a republican education --
How much government involvement in schools? The Whigs and the Democrats --
The birth of the high school --
The continuing debate about the Common School ideal --
Conclusion --
5. The Common School and the threat of cultural pluralism --
The increasing multicultural population of the United States --
Irish Catholics: a threat to Anglo-American schools and culture --
Slavery and freedom in the North: African Americans and school in the new republic --
Native Americans --
Conclusion. 6. Organizing the American school: teachers and bureaucracy --
The American teacher --
Revolution in teaching methods: object learning --
The evolution of bureaucracy: a global model --
The age-graded classroom --
McGuffey's Readers and the spirit of capitalism --
Conclusion --
7. Multiculturalism and the failure of the Common School ideal --
Mexican Americans: race and citizenship --
Asian Americans: exclusion and segregation --
Native American citizenship --
Educational racism and deculturalization --
Citizenship for African Americans --
Issues regarding Puerto Rican citizenship --
Conclusion: setting the stage for the great Civil Rights Movement --
8. Global migration and the growth of the welfare function of schools --
Immigration from southern and eastern Europe --
The Kindergarten Movement --
Home Economics: education of the new consumer woman --
School cafeterias, the American cuisine, and processed foods --
The Play Movement --
Summer school --
Social centers --
The New Culture Wars --
Resisting segregation: African Americans --
Resisting segregation: Mexican Americans --
Native American boarding schools --
Resisting discrimination: Asian Americans --
Educational resistance in Puerto Rico --
Conclusion: public schooling as America's welfare institution --
9. Human capital: high school, junior high school, and vocational guidance and education --
The high school --
Vocational education --
Junior high school --
Adapting the classroom to the workplace: lesson plans --
Adapting the classroom to the workplace: progressivism --
Adapting the classroom to the workplace: stimulus-response --
Classroom management as preparation for factory life --
Historical interpretations: public benefit or corporate greed? --
Conclusion: the meaning of equality of opportunity --
10. Scientific school management: testing, immigrants, and experts --
Scientifically managed schools: meritocracy and reducing public control --
Professionalizing educational administration --
Measurement, democracy, and the superiority of Anglo-Americans --
Closing the door to immigrants: the 1924 Immigration Act --
"Backward" children and special classrooms --
Eugenics and the Age of Sterilization --
The university and meritocracy --
Conclusion. 11. The politics of knowledge: teachers' unions, the American Legion, and the American way --
Teachers versus administrators: the American Federation of Teachers --
The rise of the National Education Association --
The political changes of the depression years --
The politics of ideological management: the American Legion --
Selling the "American way" in schools and on billboards --
Conclusion --
12. Schools, media, and popular culture: influencing the minds of children and teenagers --
Censorship of movies as a form of public education --
Educators and the movies --
The production code: movies as educators --
Should commercial radio or educators determine national culture? --
Creating the superhero for children's radio --
Controlling the influence of comic books --
Educating children as consumers --
The creation of teenage markets --
Children and youth from the 1950s to the Twenty-first Century --
Conclusion --
13. American schools and global politics: the Cold War and poverty --
Youth unemployment: universal military service and the GI Bill --
The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the Educational Testing Service --
The Cold War and purging the schools of communists --
American schools: weakest link to global victory? --
Global imperatives: the National Defense Education Act --
Schools and the War on Poverty --
Sesame Street and educational television --
Conclusion --
14. The fruits of globalization: civil rights, global migration, and multicultural education --
Ending school segregation of national minorities --
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. --
Native Americans and indigenous educational rights --
Asian Americans: educating the "model minority" --
Hispanic/Latino Americans --
Bilingual education: the Culture Wars continued --
The Immigration Act of 1965 and the new American population --
Multicultural education and the Culture Wars --
Schools and the International women's Movement --
Children with special needs --
The coloring of Textbook Town --
Liberating the Textbook Town housewife for more consumption --
Conclusion: the Cold War and civil rights --
15. Globalizing the American school: from Nixon to Obama --
School prayer and bible reading --
The Nixon years: career education and busing --
Accountability and standardized testing --
Global educational goals: national standards, choice, and savage inequalities --
The end of the Common School: choice, privatization, and charter schools --
Educating for the consumer economy --
Education for global work and consumption --
The 2008 election: global economy and cultural divide --
Global crisis and the demise of environmental education --
Conclusion: from Horace Mann to Barack Obama.
Responsibility: Joel Spring.

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A Global Context From the Puritans to the Obama Era by Joel Spring focuses on the process of educational globalization and the development of American schools in a global context. --Book Jacket.

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