Featuring current information and challenging perspectives on the latest issues and forces shaping the American educational system—with scholarship that is often cited as a primary source—Joel Spring introduces readers to the historical, political, social and legal foundations of education and to the profession of teaching in the United States. In his signature straightforward, concise approach to describing complex issues, he illuminates events and topics that are often overlooked or whitewashed, giving students the opportunity to engage in critical thinking about education. Students come away informed on the latest topics, issues and data and with a strong knowledge of the forces shaping the American educational system.
Thoroughly updated throughout, the 20th edition of this clear, authoritative text remains fresh and up to date, reflecting the many changes in education that have occurred since the publication of the previous edition, such as:
- The effects of the pandemic on schools, teachers, students, learning and social goals
- The latest U.S. Department of Education guidelines for school prayer, regulations on sexual harassment and Title IX and guidelines for writing IEPs
- Expanded discussion of institutional racism
- Coverage relating to transgender youth and athletics
1. Pandemic and the Goals of Schooling 2. The Social Goals of Schooling 3. Education and Equality of Opportunity 4. The Economic Goals of Schooling: Human Capital, Global Economy and Preschool 5. Equality of Educational Opportunity: Institutional Racism, Gender and Special Needs 6. Student Diversity 7. Who Controls American Education? Elected Officials and the Deep State 8. State and Federal Control of Education 9. The Teaching Profession 10. Globalization of Education
"I have used this text for decades and recommend it to other instructors of social foundations of education courses. It contains a lot of valuable information and insights on schooling, particularly issues of equity and social justice, and it is written in a style that is accessible to college juniors, seniors, and fifth-year credential students."
-- Richard Neumann, Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University, Imperial Valley
"I appreciate how the text invites readers into a discussion/conversation about complex issues. It provides students with an understanding of American schools as embedded and influenced by a broader political landscape over time and up to the present day."
-- Amy Damrow, Assistant Professor, Cultural Foundations, Kent State University at Stark
"Joel Spring’s text is a great introduction into the teaching field. Spring’s text covers practically everything. I think that’s what makes it valuable…. Spring also does a good job of showing us many sides, while also framing issues that invite debate. That’s another huge plus about this text—it stirs up great discussions."
-- Joe Ohlinger, Assistant Professor, Education, Purdue University