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America's Educational Tradition: An Interpretive History


reviewed by Edward D. Myers 1966

coverTitle: America's Educational Tradition: An Interpretive History
Author(s): William K. French
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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A history of American education ought properly to start with the English heritage, show the differences from the English system that appeared in colonial American education, give the reasons for the appearance of those differences and trace the effects on later developments. In higher education, the model for the earliest American colleges was Jesus College, Cambridge; three marked differences very soon appeared, and these differences were important and far-reaching in their consequences. In the first place, it was very soon discovered that a British-style university as a collection of colleges was impossible in North America: The distances were too great and the people too few and too poor. The result was the establishment, not of a few universities, each having many colleges, but of many colleges scattered over the country in such a way as best to serve the needs of the people. This early divergence was one factor in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 67 Number 8, 1966, p. 628-628
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2349, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 3:13:41 AM

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