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Education in the Forming of American Society: Needs and Opportunities for Study (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American Hist) [Paperback]

Bernard Bailyn

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1 Jan 1970 0807840475 978-0807840474
In a pungent revision of the professional educator's school of history, Bailyn traces the cultural context of education in early American society and the evolution of educational standards in the colonies. His analysis ranges beyond formal education to encompass such vital social determinants as the family, apprenticeship, and organized religion.

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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press Enduring Editions (1 Jan 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807840475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807840474
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.3 x 1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,165,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WHEN THE SPONSORS of this conference invited me to prepare a paper on the needs and opportunities for study in the early history of American education, they hoped that I would be able to present in some coherent form a survey of the writing that now exists in that area and a number of recommendations for further work, including a list of specific topics for papers, monographs, and surveys. Read the first page
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Although this work is basically a broad survey of the sources on early American education, Bailyn makes some important suggestions that ache to be brought full circle. He demonstrates how scholarship on this subject have been marred by a tendency to view everything in the light of a gradual progression to compulsory public education. He also notes how this has caused a large amount of distortions and myths to be created, with the result of quite near everyone making absurd and innance assumptions about the past. Moreover, the true nature of education in early education has been largely lost to the world, despite the fact that there are ample sources waiting to be exploited. This book should be especially fascinating to anti-public education libertarians, who, of course, view the growth of public education of the modern form as a serious regression in society. This work could serve as a starting point for a history taking up the libertarian point of view; an invaluable undertaking no doubt.
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