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The American School: A Global Context from the Puritans to the Obama Era

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This current, comprehensive history of American education is designed to stimulate critical analysis and critical thinking by offering alternative interpretations of each historical period. The new edition focuses on the process of educational globalization and the development of American schools in a global context.
Paperback, 459 pages
Published June 21st 2010 by McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages (first published 1986)
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Caitlin
Feb 04, 2009 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksforschool, 2009
While this book is very dense, it is an excellent foundations of education book. With an historical foundation, it follows the US educational system from the Puritans to No Child Left Behind. He also brings in a sociological and philosophical view. Sometimes it is clear that Spring has allowed his viewpoint to permeate his writing, but for the most part he does a nice job of looking at several viewpoints. His bibliography is impressive.
Blake
Nov 22, 2008 Blake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The education system is slipping into oblivion very rapidly. Here is the history of how it got to that point. Not exactly a page turner, but informative and a good picture of why we are where we are today. But don't read it looking for answers. This book does nothing but bring up more questions.
Chase Parsley
Jun 08, 2013 Chase Parsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clear-headed look at the history of education in America. Every educator, if not every voter, should read this book with care.
Erin Waddell
Joel Spring's text provides various viewpoints on the events which have sculpted the American school system as we know it. His primary thesis is that politicians and civilians alike have simultaneously viewed education as both the cause of and answer to economical, social, and political complications. As Spring explains our school system in the United States has a history of being thought of as the great panacea for all of our woes. And yet, he argues, those in favor of an influential educationa ...more
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