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Chapter 3: Early Political Debates and Their Effect on the American Education System

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Early Political Debates and Their Effect on the American Education System
Early political debates and their effect on the American education system

One of the outstanding features of the American education system is that many of the early political decisions regarding education have had a profound impact on education for centuries afterward (Bailyn, 1960; Cremin, 1976, 1980; Cubberley, 1920, 1934; Marshall & Manuel, 1977; Spring, 1997). Many of the most distinguishing qualities of American education today have their roots in political debates that took place in the first decades following the founding of the country (Cremin, 1976, 1980; Pulliam & Van Patten, 1999; Urban & Wagoner, 2000). This fact is not coincidental. Many of America's early statesmen wanted to be involved in every aspect of the ...

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