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Public Education in the United States: From Revolution to Reform


reviewed by David M. Ment - 1981

coverTitle: Public Education in the United States: From Revolution to Reform
Author(s): R. Freeman Butts
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0030136563, Pages: , Year:
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Almost thirty years ago, R. Freeman Butts and Lawrence A. Cremin published A History of Education in American Culture, a textbook based on the expressed belief that the history of education should “see education in vital relationship to the culture of its times.” Educators, wrote Butts and Cremin, “need to study the role of education as an institution among other social institutions in society, and they need to study the underlying ideas, values, beliefs, and attitudes that motivate human behavior in and out of school.” While this approach led the authors to explore fairly broadly the social, economic, and intellectual trends that influenced education, they ultimately used this background primarily as a tool for explaining the evolution of public schools. In more recent decades Cremin has worked to broaden still further the bounds of the history of education, giving central importance to the great diversity of educational forms—in school and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 83 Number 2, 1981, p. 308-310
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 748, Date Accessed: 9/30/2020 10:34:15 PM

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  • David Ment
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    DAVID M. MENT is Associate Director and Head of Special Collections at the Milbank Memorial Library at Teachers College.
 
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