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Schooled to Order: A Social History of Public Schooling in the United States

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
'This is history of education in its finest tradition, i.e., education s social history rather than as mere schooling... Carefully researched, well written, and even-handed, Nasaw's book is an important addition to the debate over the evolution of public education in the United States.'
Paperback, 302 pages
Published April 19th 1979 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published February 5th 1979)
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Jcs2319
Nov 13, 2008 Jcs2319 rated it really liked it
Great historical review of the educational systems birth and maturation from a liberal point of view. Interesting to me in the capitalist and social context.
Esther
Jan 26, 2014 Esther rated it really liked it
Readable, with powerful arguments. Nasaw's interest lies in the social drivers behind public school reform, so there are issues which get left out. That isn't a criticism; not only are those social motivations glossed over in most current debate, the existence of them (either historically or currently) isn't even on most people's radar.
Jean
Aug 24, 2010 Jean rated it liked it
Nasaw writes about U.S. education from 1835-1970. He maintains a critical tone as describes the development of primary schools (1835-1855), high schools (1895-1915) and schools of higher education
(1945-1970). He contends that during each of these periods the central goal of the developers was not to educate students but to socialize them to be well mannered, law abiding , religious and compliant when they joined the workforce. It was heartening to read that the disadvantaged were surprisingly s
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Lucinda
Nov 27, 2007 Lucinda rated it it was amazing
this book is really great and made me hate most if not all institutions of education. i don't think that was his point... anyway,one day when i was working at the archives at the JFK Library i realized one of our researchers was David Nasaw. The David Nasaw. Then, in shock, i somehow overturned a cart after getting a wheel stuck in between the floor and the elevator. documents of National Security from the hollinger boxes littered the floor. i almost started to cry, and then David Nasaw came ove ...more
Patrice
Dec 09, 2010 Patrice rated it really liked it
While this book can be pretty dry at times (despite the authors sarcastic wit), it is a pretty interesting examination of the development of public education in America. It does jump large chunks of history as it progresses through the levels of education and I believe its assessment of community colleges is no longer accurate as they have evolved to suit new needs in American socity. Otherwise it's pretty fascinating to see how the school system developed as it did and why.
Mr. Brammer
Jun 16, 2008 Mr. Brammer rated it liked it
Nasaw's social history of education focuses more on class and less on race - what you are left with is an incomplete picture, and the forces that restrict access to education for the working class are far less insidious than the slavemasters and segregationists.
Clara
Jul 15, 2015 Clara rated it liked it
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Not what I was expecting, and hard to follow at times. Even so, the similarities between the three time periods were drawn out well. The second section was especially interesting.
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David Nasaw is an American author, biographer and historian who specializes in the cultural and social history of early 20th Century America. Nasaw is on the faculty of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History.

In addition to writing numerous scholarly and popular books, he has written for publications such as the Columb
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