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American Education Paperback – May 16, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0078024344 ISBN-10: 007802434X Edition: 15th

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 15 edition (May 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007802434X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078024344
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joel Spring received his Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently a Professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His great-great-grandfather was the first Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory and his grandfather, Joel S. Spring, was a local district chief at the time Indian Territory became Oklahoma. He currently teaches at Queens College of the City University of New York. His major research interests are history of education, multicultural education, Native American culture, the politics of education, global education, and human rights education. He is the author of over twenty books and the most recent are How Educational Ideologies are Shaping Global Society; Education and the Rise of the Global Economy; The Universal Right to Education: Justification, Definition, and Guidelines; Globalization and Educational Rights; and Educating the Consumer Citizen: A History of the Marriage of Schools, Advertising, and Media.

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The impact of society on American public education is great.
Bea
We don't really love this book, but it is a college must read for our class.
Cassie S.
The author spends too much time saying the same thing in different words.
nola5h

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Educator on September 8, 2012
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I was required to read "American Education" by Joel Spring for a graduate class at Santa Clara University. I did read the book cover to cover and have found it a great way to gain a much wider perspective on the American education system. If you would like to know more about education, equality of opportunity, the way the American education system works, the challenges the US faces of having a diverse student population this is the book for you. Spring provides a lot of questions for deeper thought and reflection but does not always provide solutions or answers to those questions you would like more information about. His questions are mainly food for thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nola5h on January 7, 2013
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This book was a requirement for a graduate course. It was easy to read and follow the issues. The author spends too much time saying the same thing in different words. But as text books go, not bad.
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By Bea on August 7, 2014
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The impact of society on American public education is great. This book takes you through the historic goals of public education in the U.S. and discusses the effect of legislation on modern public school policy. Funding, No Child Left Behind, Equal Rights and equality of educational opportunity are discussed throughout the book, giving readers an insight to the teacher, parent and student perspective.
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By Connie1998 on April 12, 2012
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I bought this book for my class and I didn't really care for it. It presents two sides of each issue but it gets kind of confusing and I didn't think it was well organized. The topics are fairly current and I also think the topics represent issues that are being faced by education today.
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By Wayne J. Street Jr. on February 22, 2014
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It was an easy read on some of the many topics of education. IT was a good overview on the history of the American Education. This would serve as a good reference and give a basic overview on many different issues such as race, economics, learning disabilities.

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By CG2009 on April 23, 2015
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There is some interesting information in this book, but it is a hard read. I had to read this for a Masters class and it was utterly painful to get through every part of it, and I wasn't the only one to think that. Long, boring.......I don't know what else to say.
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I would never have selected this book on my own. It was required for the course I was taking and therefore I ordered it. The best thing about it is that I was able to get a used book, in excellent condition, at a fraction of the cost.
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Springer detailed the "systems' problem snd how we could fix them, and I like his ideas. However, I am pretty far-left of center. I wouldn't recommend this for anyone seeking a pro-gun toting, bible thumping America.
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More About the Author

Joel Spring
Joel Spring is a professor at Queens College and the Graduate, City University of New York, whose scholarship focuses on educational policy, the politics of education, and educational globalization. Joel Spring is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation. His great-great-grandfather was the first Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory and his grandfather, Joel S. Spring, was a district chief at the time Indian Territory became Oklahoma. He is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation I.D. #1274408293.
Joel Spring has published over twenty books on American and global school policies, including Political Agendas for Education: From Change We Can Believed in to Putting America First (2010), Globalization of Education: An Introduction (2009), A New Paradigm for Global School Systems: Education for a Long and Happy Life (2007), Wheels in the Head: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Confucianism to Human Rights Third Edition (2008), Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States Sixth Edition (2010) and American Education Fourteenth Edition (2010). His most recent book is Education Networks:
Power, Wealth, Cyberspace and the Digital Mind (2012). He lived for many summers on an island off the coast of Sitka, Alaska. His novel, Alaskan Visions, reflects these Alaskan experiences. He is currently writing a novel about racism among Native Americans.
Joel Spring has been given numerous educational awards and lectureships including the Society of Professors of Education Mary Anne Raywid Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Field of Education; the University of Wisconsin Alumni Achievement Award; Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecturer; Presidential Lectureship, University of Vermont; Mitstifer Lectureship; Presidential Lecture, University of Vermont; Green Honors Chair Lectures, Texas Christian University; R. Freeman Butts Lecture; and the John Dewey Memorial Lecture.
Professor Spring has given invited lecture nationally and internationally, including Singapore, Turkey, China, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan. In the fall of 2012, he will lecture on "Global Issues: Schooling Minority Cultures and Languages" to honor the opening of the multicultural center at Minzu University, Beijing China and, as part of Boston College's sesquicentennial speaker series, "Public Education and Future of Our Democracy," on "The Great American Education-Industrial Complex: How Public Schooling Undermines Democracy."




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