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American Education: A History, 4e is a comprehensive, highly-regarded history of American education from pre-colonial times to the present. Chronologically organized, it provides an objective overview of each major period in the development of American education, setting the discussion against the broader backdrop of national and world events. The first text to explore Nat American Education: A History, 4e is a comprehensive, highly-regarded history of American education from pre-colonial times to the present. Chronologically organized, it provides an objective overview of each major period in the development of American education, setting the discussion against the broader backdrop of national and world events. The first text to explore Native American traditions (including education) prior to colonization, it also offers strong, ongoing coverage of minorities and women. Key points that define the fourth edition of this volume include: Balanced Perspective - The authors provide contrasting views of American educational traditions, reforms, and theories in order to maintain a balanced view of events. They focus on conflicts, compromises and outcomes (positive and negative) that have defined America's educational past and that shape its future options. They also set discussions against the broader backdrop of national and world events. Pre-colonial Focus - A unique and much praised opening chapter discusses the educational traditions of Native Americans and the two-way learning exchanges that occurred between two distinct "old world" cultures, that is, between Native American and European cultures. The Indians taught as well as learned from the colonists. No other text has this feature. Cultural Conflict Focus - Throughout the text attention is paid to the cultural conflicts embedded in the majority-minority struggles of Native Americans and various immigrant groups throughout the nation's history. Chapter 5: Class, Caste and Education in the South provides an in-depth analysis of the educational legacy of Southern culture throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Readability - Reviewers have labeled this the "best written text on the market" in terms of style, clarity and interest. "It's clarity and readability differentiate it from other books." Changes - The fourth edition will include more visual illustrations as well as substantial new material. A new epilogue adds closing comments on the present and future prospects for American education.


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American Education: A History, 4e is a comprehensive, highly-regarded history of American education from pre-colonial times to the present. Chronologically organized, it provides an objective overview of each major period in the development of American education, setting the discussion against the broader backdrop of national and world events. The first text to explore Nat American Education: A History, 4e is a comprehensive, highly-regarded history of American education from pre-colonial times to the present. Chronologically organized, it provides an objective overview of each major period in the development of American education, setting the discussion against the broader backdrop of national and world events. The first text to explore Native American traditions (including education) prior to colonization, it also offers strong, ongoing coverage of minorities and women. Key points that define the fourth edition of this volume include: Balanced Perspective - The authors provide contrasting views of American educational traditions, reforms, and theories in order to maintain a balanced view of events. They focus on conflicts, compromises and outcomes (positive and negative) that have defined America's educational past and that shape its future options. They also set discussions against the broader backdrop of national and world events. Pre-colonial Focus - A unique and much praised opening chapter discusses the educational traditions of Native Americans and the two-way learning exchanges that occurred between two distinct "old world" cultures, that is, between Native American and European cultures. The Indians taught as well as learned from the colonists. No other text has this feature. Cultural Conflict Focus - Throughout the text attention is paid to the cultural conflicts embedded in the majority-minority struggles of Native Americans and various immigrant groups throughout the nation's history. Chapter 5: Class, Caste and Education in the South provides an in-depth analysis of the educational legacy of Southern culture throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Readability - Reviewers have labeled this the "best written text on the market" in terms of style, clarity and interest. "It's clarity and readability differentiate it from other books." Changes - The fourth edition will include more visual illustrations as well as substantial new material. A new epilogue adds closing comments on the present and future prospects for American education.

30 review for American Education: A History

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Though I did enjoy the majority of this book, there were some troubling uses of language that caused me to give it a three, not a four. They tended to deal with the educational experiences of women, African Americans, etc., particularly in the first half of the book, in sections that were set away from the rest of the chapter. In one of these, "The OUtcasts: Native and African Americans" the authors chose only to talk about Thomas Jefferson's views of Native and African Americans. Later on, they Though I did enjoy the majority of this book, there were some troubling uses of language that caused me to give it a three, not a four. They tended to deal with the educational experiences of women, African Americans, etc., particularly in the first half of the book, in sections that were set away from the rest of the chapter. In one of these, "The OUtcasts: Native and African Americans" the authors chose only to talk about Thomas Jefferson's views of Native and African Americans. Later on, they describe the trail of tears as Native Americans being "herded" across the Mississippi (because of course you should talk about people as if they were animals, and use language that downplays the number of people who died because of this policy). They use passive voice to describe the accomplishments of women; for example, "Young's doctoral dissertation. . . gave her the chance to refine her educational views." I got the feeling that some of this type of language was left over from previous editions. The book is very readable and definitely addresses the socially constructed nature of history. In the end, I'm glad that I read it as it gives a very good overview of how certain educational policies came about, flourished, or got left by the wayside. Aside from the way that their language privileges certain histories over others, it was an excellent treatment of the topic.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Jones

    This is actually a pretty good text on the history of American education- kind of dry at points (but I don't think you could write 400+ pages on the topic without that), but overall a very good read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Xavier University Library

    Providing an overview of the US Education system from pre-colonial times to the present, this book was great for gaining a "big picture" understanding of American Education. Major policy decisions impacting education were covered as were significant figures and transitions in public thought throughout history. There could have been more material and attention paid to non-white education & thought that would have made the book stronger but, overall, it was still good and read well. Providing an overview of the US Education system from pre-colonial times to the present, this book was great for gaining a "big picture" understanding of American Education. Major policy decisions impacting education were covered as were significant figures and transitions in public thought throughout history. There could have been more material and attention paid to non-white education & thought that would have made the book stronger but, overall, it was still good and read well.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katy Eyberg

    A bit of a slog at times, this book was nonetheless illuminating and helped me understand the complexities of American education.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Interesting look at American education, although I feel like it got off-topic too much.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Overly political throughout; most obviously in the current era's coverage. Would prefer more emphasis on what was going on in the classroom, rather than politically. I can learn that in a regular history class.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I know you said no textbooks, Shannon, but this book does not read like a textbook at all. It deals with the development of schools in the United States, as well as the feminization of teaching. Yes, it is a textbook for one of my classes, but I deserves some casual reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I read this book concurrently with Huck's Raft for a course and there was a lot of overlap but it was much more tedious to read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bassaiguy

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erika

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ltmila83

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tyka

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christina A Kimmel

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Esters

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Huffer

  17. 4 out of 5

    Regine

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brian J. Farester

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barry Cotton

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cathee

  23. 4 out of 5

    Harvest A. Rich

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wade Morris

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gregory S Miller

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rich Farrell

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ken Gloeckner

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Zeiders

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alison Channita

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