America's Public Schools: From The Common School To "No Child Left Behind"
reviewed by Robert L. Hampel - 2006
Title: America's Public Schools: From The Common School To "No Child Left Behind"
Author(s): William J. Reese
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801881951, Pages: 355, Year: 2005
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Bill Reeses new book is an excellent survey of the history of public elementary and secondary schools. It should be read by undergraduates, graduate students, historians of education, and policy makers. Each set of readers will learn much from this first rate interpretive synthesis. Undergraduates will be spared endless references to other books and articles, points of little interest to young readers. There isnt a single footnote or endnote in Americas Public Schools, and mention of other historians is sparse. Most other introductory surveys pile on the notes and overwhelm students with summaries of the works by, and debates among, dozens of historians. In contrast, Reese keeps the focus on the ideas themselves, providing a thorough bibliographical essay at the very end for students eager to learn more. Moreover, Reese does not try to pack every topic, name, event, and idea into his book. He begins with a chapter on the origins... (preview truncated at 150 words.)
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