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Discover what shapes how we talk about schools today by exploring the history of U.S. education reform. Engage with the main actors, key decisions, and major turning points in this history. See how social forces drive reform. Learn about how the critical tensions embedded in U.S. education policy and practice apply to schools nationally, globally— and where you live.
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Cours en ligne à 100 %

Commencez dès maintenant et apprenez aux horaires qui vous conviennent.
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Approx. 16 heures pour terminer

Recommandé : 2 hours/week
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English

Sous-titres : English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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1 hour to complete

The Colonial Period and Early Republic

This module looks at the sources of education in Colonial America; factors that motivated the acquisition of literacy in the colonies; formal educational institutions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; post-Revolution republican visions of free public schools; characteristics of elementary schools in the early Republic; and Benjamin Franklin’s Philadelphia Academy....
Reading
8 videos (Total 56 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
1.1) Course Introduction4m
1.2) U.S. Education - An Early Transformation 10m
1.3) Literacy in the Colonial Period7m
1.4) Institutions of Colonial Education7m
1.5) Early Republic Proponents of Common Schools to Build a New Nation5m
1.6) Early Republic Schooling in the United States9m
1.7) Benjamin Franklin’s Academy6m
Reading1 readings
Further Learning10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Colonial Period/Early Republic Quiz10m

2

Section
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3 hours to complete

The National Period

This module takes up the accelerating market economy between 1815 and 1850; the Second Great Awakening and its spur to social innovations; Horace Mann’s paean for “common” schools; Whigs and the common school movement; Catholic opposition to common schools; the suppression of black literacy in the antebellum South; and nineteenth-century academies....
Reading
8 videos (Total 47 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
2.2) The National Market Economy 7m
2.3) "What God Hath Wrought": Dramatic Social Innovations 5m
2.4) Horace Mann: Avatar of Common Schools7m
2.5) The Common School Idea as a Social Movement 5m
2.6) Protestants and Catholics in the Arena7m
2.7) Education of African Americans and Native Americans 6m
2.8) Secondary Schooling in the Common School Era: The Academy4m
Reading1 readings
Further Learning10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
National Period Quiz10m

3

Section
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1 hour to complete

Postbellum Period

This module considers the post-Civil War expansion of the common school and the reality behind the myth of the “Little Red Schoolhouse”; the educational gains made by blacks during the Reconstruction period and the limits white supremacists put on blacks’ educational progress after Reconstruction; the Hampton/Tuskegee model of industrial education for blacks and the role of northern industrial philanthropists; Plessy v. Ferguson and Jim Crow schooling in the South; the Carlisle Indian School; and the early progress of the American high school....
Reading
7 videos (Total 40 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
3.2) Expansion of the Common School 6m
3.3) After Emancipation: Education of African Americans in the Reconstruction South7m
3.4) Industrial Education in the South's Organic Society 7m
3.5) Jim Crow and the Radical Segregation of African Americans6m
3.6) Boarding Schools for Native Americans 3m
3.7) The Rise of the American High School 5m
Reading1 readings
Further Learning10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Postbellum Era Quiz10m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

The Progressive Era

This module looks at the Progressive movement writ large; the U.S. settlement movement as a source of urban school reform; the changes “administrative progressives” effected in the governance of urban school districts; the influence of the U.S. Army’s World War I intelligence- testing program on the American school system; social efficiency schooling and its theoretical foundations; the Committee of Ten, 1892–93; the Cardinal Principles of Secondary Education, 1918; and Booker T.Washington and W.E.B. DuBois....
Reading
9 videos (Total 55 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
4.2) Progressive Seedbeds of Education Reform4m
4.3) Rise of the Administrative Progressives in American School Reform 6m
4.4) Psychological Testing Movement7m
4.5) Social Efficiency Schooling 6m
4.6) The Committee of Ten5m
4.7) The Cardinal Principles of Secondary Education7m
4.8) The Southern Education Movement 7m
4.9) Rosenwald Schools and County Training Schools for African Americans6m
Reading1 readings
Further Learning10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Progressive Era Quiz10m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

John Dewey and the Pedagogical Progressives

This module takes up the major characteristics of Dewey’s Laboratory School at the University of Chicago, 1896–1904; the role of reflective thinking in Dewey’s theory of knowledge; Dewey’s conception of the school as a social center; Dewey’s disengagement from public schools after 1904; William Heard Kilpatrick and the pedagogical progressives’ distortion of Dewey’s theory; and the cornerstones of Dewey’s educational philosophy. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 39 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
5.2) Dewey’s Theory of Knowledge 5m
5.3) Dewey’s Idea of the School as a Social Center4m
5.4) Dewey: Missing in Action 6m
5.5) The Pedagogical Progressives7m
5.6) A Neo-Deweyan Critique of the Pedagogical Progressives8m
Reading1 readings
Further Learning10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
John Dewey Quiz10m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

The Depression Era

This module looks at the New Deal’s contribution to the education of American youth; the impact of the Great Depression on education; social reconstruction and the schools; schools as social centers, community centers, and community schools; the Nambé School, New Mexico; the Arthurdale School, West Virginia; and Benjamin Franklin High School, East Harlem. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 53 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Episode 6.2: High Schools in Hard Times6m
Episode 6.3: Social Reconstruction and the Schools7m
Episode 6.4: Antecedents to America's Community Schools: Social Centers and Community Centers9m
Episode 6.5: The Nambé Community School5m
Episode 6.6: Arthurdale6m
Episode 6.7: Leonard Covello's Community High School in East Harlem11m
Reading1 readings
Further Learning10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Depression Era Quiz10m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Post-World War II

This module takes up the Cold War and education; the conservative attack on “life adjustment education”; McCarthyism and the New York City schools; federally sponsored New Curricula, late 1950s–1960s; the “radical romanticists”; the post-Brown struggle for racially integrated schools; the Ocean Hill–Brownsville conflict; and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 70 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Episode 7.2: The Cold War, McCarthyism, and the Public Schools6m
Episode 7.3: Waging the Cold War in Schools: Federal Support for Academic Rigor9m
Episode 7.4: "Radical Romanticists"4m
Episode 7.5: Education and the Civil Rights Movement: From Plessy to Brown10m
Episode 7.6: The Last Hurrah of Jim Crow Schools8m
Episode 7.7: Busing Goes North: The Limits of Racial Integration8m
Episode 7.8: Community Control and Teacher Unions7m
Episode 7.9: Title IX and the "Hidden Injuries of Coeducation"5m
Reading1 readings
Further Learning10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Post-World War II Quiz10m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Post-1983

This final module addresses the rise of school choice and charter schools; markers of the evolving (expanded) federal role toward standards and accountability in public schools; significant reauthorizations of Title I of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA); the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2002; the critique of charter schools; school district portfolios of school choice; Teach for America and others markers of teaching as a semi-profession; and post-NCLB developments, including Race to the Top, Common Core Standards, and online learning. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 92 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Episode 8.2: The Expanded Federal Role in Education Reform: The Elementary & Secondary Education10m
Episode 8.3: Ramping Up Reform: The Rise of Standards and Accountability7m
Episode 8.4: No Child Left Behind: Still Leaving Children Behind?10m
Episode 8.5: Public School Choice: Charter Schools8m
Episode 8.6: School Choice Run Amok? Diverse Providers and Portfolio Management Models 12m
Episode 8.7: Attacking the Ed School's Teacher Education Monopoly11m
Wrap episode23m
Reading1 readings
Further Learning10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Post-1983 Quiz10m
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By JQMar 4th 2016

Interesting review of American Education Reform. Thanks for providing information on a topic on which I felt uninformed prior to reading and hearing this course.

By SDNov 14th 2017

This course provided background information that I would have not found anywhere else. More materials please!!

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Dr. John L. Puckett

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