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The Struggle for the American Curriculum, 1893-1958

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Published in 1987, the first edition of The Struggle for the American Curriculum was a classic in curriculum studies and in the history of education. This new third edition is thoroughly revised and updated, and includes two new chapters on the renewed attacks on the subject curriculum in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as the way individual school subjects evolved over time ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 330 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Falmer Press (first published January 28th 1986)
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Chris
Sep 27, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
The Struggle for the American Curriculum is not a book to entertain; it is a book to be read in order to understand the sordid history that begat today's subject-oriented, objective-laden, test-obsessed curricula. Kliebard reveals the American curriculum is not neutral. It was the results of many tense compromises (between racist pseudo-scientists and ideologues) and economic exigencies (the rise of industry, the Great Depression, and the Cold War). The curriculum that emerged from these ...more
David
Apr 17, 2008 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
Painfully informational.
Dale
Mar 13, 2012 Dale rated it liked it
Bias holds the score down for this book

The Struggle for the American Curriculum, 1893-1958 by Kliebard is a classic in the world of college textbooks about American educational history and curriculum. However, if I might be so bold to say so, it is not a classic due to its own strength but rather to the paucity of books that cover this topic.

I have no problem with Kliebard's choice of years to write about (1893-1958) since they are the years when debate over what should be the proper curriculu
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Trish Bodine
Jul 12, 2013 Trish Bodine rated it really liked it
Kliebard has a entertaining voice. He expertly weaves the ideas of interest groups steering the direction of curriculum through the murky waters of change as the United States moved into the Industrial Age.
Leanna Aker
Oct 17, 2014 Leanna Aker rated it liked it
Reviewed this book for my Ph.D. comprehensive exams, and read it many years ago. This book provides a detailed history of curriculum pendulum shifts between Progressivism and Essentialism in American education. Though detailed, it is a bit dry.
Sara K.
Sep 23, 2014 Sara K. rated it liked it
A very well written look at the American education system and the forces that sought to shape it in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Joe
Jul 13, 2012 Joe rated it it was ok


Well, it was a textbook, one that I might have enjoyed more if it wasn't for a summer cram class. Very interesting from a historical standpoint.
Wendy
Feb 19, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it
Interesting information... but it seems like it was written as a series of articles. There is a lot of repetition and circling back, but in all, a good guide to American education.
Jeff
Oct 28, 2008 Jeff rated it liked it
Shelves: educational
A book that every teacher(and parent)should read. An interesting (but not really exciting) look of how public school curriculum has come to be what it is today.
Julie
Great information about the history of education. It is nice to see how far education has come which can hopefully help teacher guide and change education for the better.
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