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The Rise of Public Criticism of Education
The rise of public criticism of education

Historically speaking, Americans have varied in terms of their support for public education. From the 1830s to about 1920, conservatives tended to be more supportive of public education than liberals were, largely because the national public school movement was birthed by conservatives, led by Horace Mann (Hunt & Maxson, 1981; Yulish, 1980). However, when John Dewey expressed uncompromising support for public schools, an unprecedented number of liberals also advocated the expansion of the public school system. The surge in liberal support ushered in a golden age of popularity for public schools, which lasted from the early 1920s until the early 1960s. During this period, both conservatives and liberals demonstrated enthusiasm regarding public ...

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