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Author Mathews, Forrest David, 1935-

Title Why public schools? Whose public schools? : what early communities have to tell us / David Mathews
Published Montgomery, AL : NewSouth Books, 2002
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Description 1 online resource (232 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Why Public Schools? Whose Public Schools? -- Chapter 1 -- Are the Public Schools the Public's Schools? -- Chapter 2 -- The Historical Public in Early Alabama -- Chapter 3 -- Public Schools from Public Work -- Chapter 4 -- A Society of Citizens and a Board of School Commissioners -- Chapter 5 -- What the Public Did and Didn't Accomplish -- Chapter 6 -- The Legislature Responds: Lofty Ideals and Difficult Choices -- Chapter 7 -- The Restless Citizenry behind the Scenes -- Chapter 8 -- The Peopleƌs Victory: The Free Public School Act of 1854
Chapter 9 -- A State System -- and Unintended Consequences -- Chapter 10 -- From Community to State Responsibility -- Conclusion -- Then and Now -- Index
Summary Annotation Criticism of public education, debate over vouchers, increases in home-schooling, proliferation of private and church-affiliated schools -- all are indicators of contemporary dissatisfaction with public schools. Education historian David Mathews set out to understand why, and he began with the question of "who or what is the 'public'?" Whose schools are the public schools, and who is ultimately responsible for them? And how did we come to have public schools to begin with? These are serious national questions, but in this thoughtful and provocative study, Mathews examines them from a distinctly local perspective: the history of public schools in six southwest Alabama counties from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s. This history, he finds, puts today's educational issues in a context that provides an expanded perspective on our potential as citizens
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Community and school -- Alabama -- History -- 19th century.
Education -- Alabama -- History -- 19th century.
Public schools -- Alabama -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1588381102