Hoosier Schools

Hoosier Schools : Past And Present

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Since the 1980s Americans have been fascinated by the prospect of reforming the public schools. Demands by reformers and legislative leaders have included a return to the basics, a longer school year, better accountability through state-wide testing, more effective vocational training, and the preparation of a work force for a more global, technologically sophisticated economy. Activist citizens are understandably preoccupied with the present. They sometimes forget that schools are a product of history, that many proposed reforms were tried before with mixed results, and that understanding the past offers a valuable perspective on their current attempts to improve the schools. Indiana turned to public schools in the mid-nineteenth century to help solve a host of social, political, and economic problems.Despite fears of creeping federalism held by conservative critics, public schools remain largely a state and local responsibility. This volume presents a series of original studies on the history of school reform in Indiana, from the crucial decades before the Civil War to the most recent efforts to reshape local schools for a post-modern society. It offers perspective on the reoccurring struggle by successive generations to remake the public schools in a new image.Why were public schools originally created? What were their central characteristics, and how well did they transform their mission in later periods? What accounts for the changing nature of the curriculum, and the evolution of non-academic enthusiasms such as basketball in Indiana's high schools in the twentieth century? How well did the schools educate children who were poor and culturally and racially different? How well did schools prepare youth for living in an industrial and then post-industrial society? What are the key assumptions of the latest movements to reform the state's system of schools? In a pluralistic society, where schools continue to be a battleground of ideas and hopes for the future, consensus is unlikely. The contributors to Hoosier Schools, however, offer an important survey of Indiana's educational past, hoping to ground current desires for change in the wisdom gleaned from history.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 155.4 x 235.2 x 20.1mm | 423g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 19 b&w photos, 2 figures
  • 0253211549
  • 9780253211545

About William J. Reese

William J. Reese is Professor of Educational Policy Studies and of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and former editor of the History of Education Quarterly. His previous books include Power and the Promise of School Reform and The Origins of the American High School.show more

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Introduction Acknowledgments Chapter 1 OAwakening the Public MindO: The Dissemination of the Common School Idea in Indiana, 1787-1852 Scott Walter Chapter 2 Urban School Reform in the Victorian Era William J. Reese Chapter 3 Curricular Reform in an Industrial Age Ted Stahly Chapter 4 Civic Education in Indianapolis During the Progressive Era Alexander Urbiel Chapter 5 Community and Control in the Development of the Extracurriculum: Muncie Central High School, 1890-1930 Laurie Moses Hines Chapter 6 Gymnasium or Coliseum? Basketball, Education, and Community Impulse in Indiana in the Early Twentieth Century David G. Martin Chapter 7 Urban Schools in Post-War Indiana William J. Reese Chapter 8 The Challenge of Racial Equality Maureen Reynolds Chapter 9 School Reform in Indiana Since 1980 Barry Bullshow more

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