The American Model of State and School

The American Model of State and School: An Historical Inquiry

by Charles L Glenn

Chris Atkin is Professor of Education at Liverpool Hope University, UK, where he is Director of Graduate Studies and Research. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Continuum, 2012
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    978-1-3500-9119-1 (online)

    978-1-4411-3530-8 (paperback)

    978-1-4411-1972-8 (epdf)

    978-1-4411-1913-1 (epub)
  • Edition:
    First Edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
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The American Model of State and School
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State and Schools argues that the American educational model represents a third way of organizing the provision of schooling, and that this accounts for some of its strengths as well as some of its weaknesses. Charles L. Glenn looks closely at the tradition of democratic localism in the management of schooling, and the powerful and anti-democratic effect of the emerging education ‘profession,’ which has in some respects the characteristics of a religious movement more than of a true profession.

A sweeping chronological survey, State and Schools includes chapters on the colonial background, schooling in the New Republic, the creation of an education profession, and the progressive education movement, among others. Glenn’s primary purpose, in this authoritative and thoroughly researched book, is to illustrate the deep roots of ways of thinking about schools that have made it difficult for policy-makers and the public to do what needs to be done to enable schools to function as they should, for our society and for future generations.