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Public education, America's civil religion : a social history / Carl L. Bankston III, Stephen J. Caldas.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Berklee College of Music.

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Stan Getz Library LA212 .B25 2009 37684001081385 MusicEd - Alphin Library Copy hold / Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780807749470 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0807749478 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780807749487 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0807749486 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: ix, 205 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Teachers College Press, c2009.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 179-189) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
An American faith -- Religions, political and civil -- Before progressivism : belief in education in a divided nation -- Public education in the progressive era -- Public schooling between world wars : management, design, and varieties of the faith -- After World War II : the education boom, Cold War, and growing calls for equality -- Education for equality and education as redistribution in the 1960s and 1970s -- Anxiety and standards : A nation at risk and the equity-excellence dilemma in the 1980s and 1990s -- Where all the children are above average : entering the 21st century -- American civil religion and the schools.
Summary, etc.:
In this volume, the authors argue that public education is a central part of American civil religion and, thus, gives us an unquestioning faith in the capacity of education to solve all of our social, economic, and political problems. The book traces the development of America's faith in public education from before the Civil War up to the present, exploring recent educational developments such as the No Child Left Behind legislation. The authors discuss how this faith in education often makes it difficult for Americans to think realistically about the capacities and limitations of public schooling. Bringing together history, politics, religion, sociology, and educational theory, this in-depth examination: raises fundamental questions about what education can accomplish for the citizens of the United States; points out that many supposedly opposing viewpoints on public education actually arise from the same root assumptions; exposes the gaps between our pursuit of equity in schools and what we really accomplish with students; looks at ways in which education can be organized to serve a diverse population.
Subject: Public schools > United States > History.
Education > Social aspects > United States > History.
Civil religion > United States > History.

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