“The work offers a rich blend of documentary evidence and philosophical reflection.”--Samuel Day Fassbinder
“In contemporary American culture, ‘the conservative 1950s’ have become something of a cliché. Hartman's smart book gives new historical substance to the term, showing us how--and why--our schools turned Right during the Cold War. Even better, he makes us question whether the schools ever really turned back. The ‘conservative 1950s’ might still be with us, in more ways than we are willing to admit.”--Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of Education and History, New York University
“Anyone who wants to fully understand the failure of American schools to prepare free citizens capable of vigorous participation in a democratic society will find here a complex but accessible map. Andrew Hartman is a wise and sensible guide through the thickets of historical flow, economic structure, political condition and cultural context. An encounter with Education and the Cold War is fortification for the important struggles ahead.”--William Ayers, University of Illinois at Chicago; Author of Teaching Toward Freedom
"Hartman's study makes a significant contribution to the political, intellectual, and educational developments associated with the rise and fall of progressive education. It will appeal to a wide variety of readers, including upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars of education."--Scott Henderson, History of Education Quarterly
"He does well to remind educators of the baleful consequences of failing to explore the deeper metaphysical grounds and broader political implications of their pedagogy." --Francis G. Couvares, Modern Intellectual History
About the Author
Andrew Hartman is Assistant Professor of History at Illinois State University and the author of numerous published articles in journals such as Race and Class, Third World Quarterly, Poverty and Race, Socialism and Democracy, Teachers College Record, and Zmagazine. He is a former public school teacher.