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The Story of American Public Education

By Meryl Streep (Foreword by); Sarah Mondale (Editor); Sarah Patton (Editor)

Beacon Press (MA), Paperback, 9780807042212, 256pp.

Publication Date: August 16, 2002

Esteemed historians of education David Tyack, Carl Kaestle, Diane Ravitch, James Anderson, and Larry Cuban journey through history and across the nation to recapture the idealism of our education pioneers, Thomas Jefferson and Horace Mann. We learn how, in the first quarter of the twentieth century, massive immigration, child labor laws, and the explosive growth of cities fueled school attendance and transformed public education, and how in the 1950s public schools became a major battleground in the fight for equality for minorities and women. The debate rages on: Do today's reforms challenge our forebears' notion of a common school for all Americans? Or are they our only recourse today?
This lavishly illustrated companion book to the acclaimed PBS documentary, "School, " is essential reading for anyone who cares about public education.

About the Author
Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Academy Award(r) thirteen times, winning twice. Her numerous film credits include The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie's Choice, Out of Africa, The Bridges of Madison County, Adaptation, and The Hours.

Mondale is director and co-producer of the television series "School". She is co-chair of Stone Lantern Films, Inc. and lives in the New York area.

Praise For School

[An] exemplary, thoroughly readable account.
-Publishers Weekly

"This book takes you through the history of how the idea of public education began, to where we are right now. . . . It's so beautifully done, judiciously done, and I'm really proud to help it along."
--Meryl Streep