The origins of the American high school /
William J. Reese.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c1995.
xvii, 326 p. : ill.
0300063849 (alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c1995.
0300063849 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
William J. Reese is professor of educational policy studies and history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was former editor of History of Education Quarterly.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-02:
Reese provides needed attention to US educational history, outlining and discussing critically the origins of our secondary school system. His reconstructed history places the public school movement within the larger currents of American history and specifically interprets the high school movement within the social structures of class, race, and gender. His treatment of class and the economic currents underlying the complex educational scene in the Colonial and later industrial US is noteworthy. Readable and well documented, the book should be required reading for anyone interested in the broader issues of school reform. College and university libraries. M. J. Carbone; Muhlenberg College
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This book tells the story of American high schools in the 19th century. Reese analyses the social changes and political debates that shaped these institutions. He also explores the experience of going to school.
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This engrossing book tells the story of American high schools in the nineteenth century. William Reese analyzes the social changes and political debates that shaped these institutions - from 1821, when the first public high school was established, in Massachusetts, to the 1880s, by which time a majority of secondary students in the North were enrolled in high schools. Reese also explores in generous detail the experience of going to school. Drawing on the writings of local educators and school administrators as well as on student newspapers, diaries, and memoirs, he brings to life the high schools of a century ago, revealing what students studied and how they behaved, what teachers expected of them and how they taught, and how boys and girls, whites and blacks, and children in various parts of the nation perceived their schools.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. IX
Introductionp. XIII
Boston's Legacyp. 1
Schools of a Higher Orderp. 16
A Republican Crownp. 38
The Oppositionp. 59
Cathedrals of Learningp. 80
Knowledge of the Most Worthp. 103
The Business of Teachingp. 123
Scaling Olympusp. 142
The Choicest Youthp. 162
Good Scholarsp. 182
Varieties of Experiencep. 208
Commencementp. 236
Epiloguep. 256
Abbreviationsp. 263
Notesp. 269
Indexp. 317
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