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Political Agendas for Education

From Make America Great Again to Stronger Together, 6th Edition

By Joel Spring


120 pages

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Following the epic, contentious 2016 presidential election, Joel Spring’s ongoing documentation and analysis of political agendas for education reflect the major political issues since 2012. Here he examines the 2016 education planks of the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, and Green Parties, using their official platforms and other statements, speeches given by each candidate, and media reports and publications. Each party’s position is linked to previous political movements in education. Spring offers an alternative agenda for American schools, including a proposed education amendment to the U.S. Constitution and replacing human capital agendas with goals emphasizing education for a long life and happiness. Taking a fresh look at the social and political forces, educational research, and ideologies shaping their educational agendas and a comparative approach, the book stimulates reflection and discussion.

Updates and changes in the Sixth Edition:

  • Betsy DeVos’s education agenda supporting vouchers, free market competition and for-profit schools and its relationship to the education section of the 2016 Republican platform
  • The important role religion and culture played in the evolution of Republican education policies after the school prayer and Bible decisions of the 1960s
  • The influence of human capital economics on Democratic education proposals
  • How No Child Left Behind and Democratic President Barack Obama opened doors to the growth of the for-profit education industry and investment bankers
  • The 2016 Democratic positions on the cost of higher education and student loan debts
  • The Democratic left as represented by the 2016 campaign of Democrat Bernie Sanders and his influence on the presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party platform
  • The education proposals of the Green and Libertarian parties

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Republican Education Agenda: Free Markets and Religion

Chapter 2 Religion and Culture in the Republican Education Agenda

Chapter 3 Democrats: Provide Quality and Affordable Public Education

Chapter 4 Banks, Investment Firms and the Education Business

Chapter 5 The Democratic Left, the Green and Libertarian Parties

Chapter 6 New Agenda for American Schools

About the Author

Joel Spring is Professor at Queens College 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:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects