244 Pages
    by Routledge

    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Updated throughout, the 21st 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. New coverage includes:

    • Discussion of “culture wars” and critical race theory
    • Parental rights versus the goals of common education
    • LGBTQIA+ students’ rights
    • Discussion of the current administration’s educational policies

    1. Culture Wars 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. Deculturalization and Segregation: Equality of Educational Opportunity

    6. Gender, Transgender and Students with Disabilities: Equality of Educational Opportunity

    7. Student Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

    8. Who Controls American Education?

    9. State and Federal Control of Education

    10. The Teaching Profession


    Joel Spring is Professor Emeritus at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA.

    "Joel Spring's American Education is, without a doubt, among the finest textbooks I have ever used for my courses. It is comprehensive and timely, managing to seamlessly and successfully interweave a consideration of both foundational education issues with more contemporary concerns.  My students, who have uniformly provided positive mention of the book in course evaluations, have especially appreciated and enjoyed the numerous thought-provoking questions provided in each chapter.  The breadth and depth provided by this work are both impressive and intriguing.  Overall, I give American Education my highest possible endorsement."

    - Kathy Ziwicki, Assistant Professor, St. Bonaventure University

    "American Education provides an excellent overview of the three primary areas covered in educational foundations: history of education, philosophy of education, and sociology of education. It seamlessly weaves together these broad topics and provides relevant case studies and examples from the contemporary American educational landscape."

    - Kevin Holohan, Associate Professor of Educational Foundations, Grand Valley State University