Schooling for "good rebels" : socialist education for children in the United States, 1900-1920 /
Kenneth Teitelbaum.
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1993.
xi, 258 p. ; 24 cm.
0877229805 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1993.
0877229805 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-248) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-10:
An excellently researched and well-written study of the Socialist Sunday School movement that thrived in various American cities in the first two decades of this century. The author is not only sympathetic to this failed effort to create an alternative to public schools for the children of socialist parents, he also believes that the spirit that impelled the founding of these schools could still inspire contemporary curriculum theorists. The study focuses especially on New York City, Rochester (NY) and Milwaukee (WI), three cities in which the movement had its greatest success. The Socialist Sunday Schools declined as the Socialist Party of America splintered and dwindled in numbers in the 1920s. Teitelbaum adroitly shows how socialists confronted the dilemma of being socialists in a society dominated by capitalist values, especially when the exponents of these values controlled the public schools as well. He effectively contextualizes socialist educational efforts and the Sunday School movement in particular. He also provides an engaging theoretical perspective by employing the work of Antonio Gramsci in assessing the importance of this effort. Recommended for those interested in alternative educational endeavors. Upper-division undergraduates; graduate students. S. Fishman; University of WisconsinDSMadison
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"An important contribution to our understanding of the American Socialist Party's little-known education efforts.... Its argument suggestively straddles the history of education and socialist history to show the reader the differences between bourgeois and socialist curriculum." -Bruce C. Nelson, Central Michigan University"Kenneth Teitelbaum has written an informative and well-documented book on a neglected aspect of American history. Anyone interested in the socialist movement and in experiments in children's education would be well advised to read it." -Paul Avrich, Distinguished Professor of History, Queens College, and author of The Modern School Movement: Anarchism and Education in the United States
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Main Description
During the first two decades of this century, American Socialists organized weekend schools for children to foster social justice, working-class consciousness and solidarity, and activism. Kenneth Teitelbaum explores the historical development, organization, institutional characteristics, and curriculum of these alternative educational settings, particularly those in New York City, Rochester, and Milwaukee. In his discussion of this historic effort to contest the dominant messages of capitalist culture, he highlights the political nature of the school's curricula and relates the socialist Sunday School project to current efforts to promote a more socially responsible curriculum.Through archival research and interviews with former student and teachers of the socialist Sunday schools, Teitelbaum is able to provide the first detailed study of American socialist efforts in the area of childhood education. He presents the actual curricula used with children in radical school settings and discusses the various teaching methods used. More than 10,000 children, ages five to fourteen, attended approximately 100 socialist Sunday schools in sixty-four cities and towns throughout the U.S. between 1900 and 1920. Author note: Kenneth Teitelbaum is Associate Professor in the Division of Education at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Table of Contents
Introduction: History, Politics, and Curriculum: The Example of Socialist Sunday Schools
American Socialism during the Progressive Era: Politics, Culture, and Education
Socialist Sunday Schools and Related Schools: Historical Overview
Case Studies: New York City, Rochester, and Milwaukee
Organizing Socialist Sunday Schools: Rationales, Problems, and Governance
Teachers and Students
Socialist Sunday School Curriculum
The Socialist Alternative: Perspectives on Teaching and Curriculum
Conclusion: Our Socialist Past, Our Curriculum Future
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