Routledge; 18th edition
Including up-to-date facts as well as thought-provoking viewpoints on the most recent challenges and forces influencing the educational system in the United States American Education (Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education); 18th edition – Using research that is frequently acknowledged as a primary source, author Joel Spring exposes readers to the historical, social, political, and legal foundations of education in the United States of America, as well as the profession of teaching in that country. Pupils are given the opportunity to engage in critical thinking about education through Joel's distinctive plain and succinct style to describing complicated themes. He sheds light on events and topics that are sometimes whitewashed or missed, allowing students the opportunity to do so. Students will leave this course with a solid understanding of the forces that are creating the educational system in the United States, as well as an awareness of the most recent concerns, themes, and data.
This clear and authoritative text has been thoroughly updated throughout; the 18th edition is current and fresh, reflecting the many changes in education that have occurred since the publication of the earlier edition. The following categories of subjects and problems are discussed and examined:
- The new United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is expected to put a greater emphasis on for-profit education, vouchers, charter schools, and free-market competition between institutions. This emphasis is likely to rise with the nomination of Betsy DeVos.
- The erosion of the Common Core State Standards, which is notably attributable to the fact that a government headed by Republicans is currently in office.
- The goals of education, according to the platforms of the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, the Green Party, and the Libertarian Party for the 2016 election:
- A new set of statistics on education, including school enrollments, dropout rates, the relationship between education and income, school segregation, charter schools, and home languages
- Current discussions regarding immigration and the “Dreamers,” including new statistics on immigrant schooling and a discussion of education proposals to accommodate the languages, cultures, and religions of newly arrived immigrants
- Discussions around transgender students
In the Words of the Author
Professor Joel Spring teaches at both the City University of New York – Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in the United States of America.