ERIC Number: ED372156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Schooling the Poor. A Social Inquiry into the American Educational Experience. Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series.
Rothstein, Stanley William
This book combines history with sociology to examines state-supported schools. A description of the pauper schools of the early 1800s shows how they became the foundation for the common schools that followed. The book focuses on the disciplinary and pedagogic practices that public schools utilized in their attempts to regulate and socialize immigrant and poor students. It shows how compulsory education sought to alleviate urban crime while assimilating the immigrants who flocked to the U.S. and explains how the militaristic schools of the late nineteenth century became more bureaucratic and set in their ways in spite of the new thinking in education represented by John Dewey. It also reveals how schools have functioned through specific forms of moral and social regulation to discipline, punish, and infantilize in the name of order, national identity, and cultural homogeneity. Contains a 29-item bibliography and an index. (GLR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Immigrants, Inner City, Minority Groups, Public Schools, School Role, Social Control, Social History, Social Integration, State Schools, Urban Schools
Bergin & Garvey, 88 Post Road West, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881-5007 ($49.95).
Publication Type: Books; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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