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American Education

18th Edition

By Joel Spring

Routledge

336 pages

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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 18th 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. Topics and issues addressed and analyzed include

• The decline of the Common Core State Standards, particularly as result of a Republican-controlled administration currently in place

• Increasing emphasis on for-profit education, vouchers, charter schools and free-market competition between schools, expected to surge with the appointment of the new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

• Current debates about immigration and "Dreamers"—new statistics on immigrant education, discussion of education proposals to accommodate the languages, cultures and religions of newly arrived immigrants

• New education statistics on school enrollments, dropouts, education and income, school segregation, charter schools and home languages

• The purposes of education as presented in the 2016 platforms of the Republican, Democratic, Green, and Libertarian parties

• Discussions around transgender students

Table of Contents

Preface

PART ONE: School and Society

Chapter 1 The History and Political Goals of Public Schooling

Chapter 2 The Social Goals of Schooling

Chapter 3 Education and Equality of Opportunity

Chapter 4 The Economic Goals of Schooling: Human Capital, Global Economy, and Preschool

Chapter 5 Equality of Educational Opportunity: Race, Gender, and Special Needs

Chapter 6 Student Diversity

Chapter 7 Multicultural and Multilingual Education

PART TWO: Power and Control in American Education

Chapter 8 Local Control, Choice, Charter Schools, and Home Schooling

Chapter 9 Power and Control at State and National Levels

Chapter 10 The Profession of Teaching

Chapter 11 Globalization of Education

Index

About the Author

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

About the Series

Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education

This series focuses on studies of public and private institutions, the media, and academic disciplines that contribute to educating--in the broadest sense--students and the general public. The series welcomes volumes with multicultural perspectives, diverse interpretations, and a range of political points of view from conservative to critical. Books accepted for publication in this series will be written for an academic audience and, in some cases, also for use as supplementary readings in graduate and undergraduate courses.

Topics to be addressed in this series include, but are not limited to, sociocultural, political, and historical studies of

Local, state, national, and international educational systems

Elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities

Public institutions of education such as museums, libraries, and foundations

Computer systems and software as instruments of public education

The popular media as forms of public education

Content areas within the academic study of education, such as curriculum and instruction, psychology, and educational technology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU003000
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDU016000
EDUCATION / History
EDU040000
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects