American Educational History: School, Society, and the Common Good is an up-to-date, contemporary examination of historical trends that have helped shape schools and education in the United States. Author William H. Jeynes places a strong emphasis on recent history, most notably post-World War II issues such as the role of technology, the standards movement, affirmative action, bilingual education, undocumented immigrants, school choice, and much more!

The Widespread Growth of the Common School and Higher Education

The widespread growth of the common school and higher education

The rise of the common or public school and the proliferation of colleges is one of the most intriguing times in the history of American education. Although most Americans almost take for granted the presence of public schools, from their inception as a part of a national movement, these schools sparked controversy and political division (Glenn, 1988; Mondale & Patton, 2001). Nevertheless, several educational leaders led by Horace Mann, Henry Barnard, and others rose to the occasion and implemented a vision for the common schools that eventually, after the Civil War, captured the imagination and support of the American people (Mondale & Patton, 2001). The growth ...

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