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Inventing Secondary Education: The Rise of the High School in Nineteenth-Century Ontario


reviewed by William J. Reese 1991

coverTitle: Inventing Secondary Education: The Rise of the High School in Nineteenth-Century Ontario
Author(s): R. D. Gidney, W. P. J. Millar
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal
ISBN: 0773507876, Pages: , Year: 1991
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An impressive historical literature has appeared on the middle classes and secondary education in the nineteenth century. Indeed, understanding the evolving relationship between the bourgeoisie and formal education remains central to comprehending the general rise of state school systems in many nations. Then as now, the dollars of the middle classes helped fuel the expansion of higher learning. America’s emerging secondary schools conveniently provided Michael B. Katz and Maris Vinovskis with a suitable platform to debate the origins of public education, and other talented historians such as David Labaree and Joel Perlmann have examined other aspects of the high school experience. European secondary schools, too, have attracted the attention of leading scholars, further enriching the dialogue about the origins of middle-class schools. R. D. Gidney and W. P. J. Millar join this distinguished group with the publication of Inventing Secondary Education. An analysis of the evolution of high schools in Ontario,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 93 Number 1, 1991, p. 186-188
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 273, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 9:22:29 PM

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