The School in the United States: A Documentary History

4th Edition

James W. Fraser

April 2, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 386 Pages - 30 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138478879 - CAT# K348599

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The School in the United States collects the essential primary documents of the history of education in the United States. Expertly chosen by historian and education scholar James Fraser, these documents walk students through two centuries of U.S. education from Colonial America through present-day reform efforts.

Each chapter begins with an introduction that contextualizes the selections and provides necessary background to the issues being discussed. In addition, each excerpt is preceded by a brief explanation, providing a solid framework from which to read and making them accessible to every student. Comprehensive enough to be used as a main text, but brief enough to be used along side another, The School in the United States remains an essential resource and textbook for any study of the history of American education.

Updates to this fourth edition include:

  • Aditional materials on current educational issues including technology in schools, charter schools, school shootings,and school privitzation, and standardized testing today
  • New photographs and illustrations
  • An updated Instructor’s Manual and sample syllabi.


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