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Author Vinovskis, Maris A., 1943-

Title Education, society, and economic opportunity : a historical perspective on persistent issues / Maris A. Vinovskis.

Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [1995]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xvi, 235 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Series Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [213]-229) and index.
Contents Family, schools, and the challenges of economic opportunity and social reform -- Family and schooling in colonial and nineteenth-century America -- A ray of millennial light: early education and social reform in the Infant School Movement in Massachusetts, 1826-40 (with Dean May) -- The crisis in moral education in Antebellum Massachusetts -- Schooling and poverty in nineteenth-century America -- Horace Mann on the economic productivity of education -- Immigrants and schooling -- Attendance, institutional arrangements, and social support for education -- The controversy over the Beverly High School -- Have we underestimated the extent of Antebellum High School attendance? -- Public high school attendance in Massachusetts in 1875 -- Historical development of age stratification in schooling (with David L. Angus and Jeffrey E. Mirel) -- A historical perspective on support for schooling by different age cohorts.
Summary Maris Vinovskis critically reviews and integrates recent work in educational history and provides new research on neglected topics. He discusses such issues as: the gradual shift from the family to the public schools in the responsibility for educating the young; the rise and fall of infant schools between 1840 and 1860; the crisis in the teaching of morality in the public schools of the mid-nineteenth century; early efforts to provide schooling for impoverished children; and the evolution of the belief that education improves individual economic and social mobility. He also studies school attendance and discovers that a much higher percentage of children may have attended public high schools in the nineteenth century than has been assumed, investigates when the practice of placing children in grades according to their age became widespread, and assesses whether different age groups in previous eras varied in their support for schooling - as they seem to be doing now.
Other author JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Public schools -- United States -- History.
Education -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
Education -- Economic aspects -- United States -- History.
School attendance -- United States -- History.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780300144031 (electronic bk.)
0300144032 (electronic bk.)