6th Edition

Political Agendas for Education
From Make America Great Again to Stronger Together

ISBN 9781138041103
Published June 27, 2017 by Routledge
120 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

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

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