Readings in American Educational Thought

From Puritanism to Progressivism

Edited by:
Andrew J. Milson, University of North Texas
Chara Haeussler Bohan, Georgia State University
Perry L. Glanzer, Baylor University
J. Wesley Null, Baylor University

A volume in the series: Readings in Educational Thought. Editor(s): Chara Haeussler Bohan, Georgia State University. Perry L. Glanzer, Baylor University. Andrew J. Milson, University of North Texas. J. Wesley Null, Baylor University.

Published 2004

The writings in this collection on American educational thought represent the many stories, individuals, and ideas that have shaped American education during the past several centuries. This book should serve as a useful primary or supplementary text for any undergraduate or graduate course in the history of American education, American educational thought, social foundations of education, philosophy of education, or curriculum theory. The editors of this volume hope that readers of this book will come to understand, and perhaps develop a desire to participate in, the “great conversation” that is American educational thought.

Introduction. John Cotton, c.1641, Spiritual Milk for American Babes Drawn Out of the Breasts of Both Testaments for their Soul’s Nourishment. William Penn, 1693, Excerpt from Some Fruits of Solitude in Reflections and Maxims. Cotton Mather, 1708, An Essay Upon the Good Education of Children (An Essay Upon Well-Taught Children; And Upon an Able and Faithful Teacher of Them). Benjamin Franklin, 1749, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pensilvania. Christopher Dock, 1750, Schul Ordnung [School Management. Thomas Jefferson, Selected Writings. Benjamin Rush, Selected Writings. Noah Webster, 1790, On Education of Youth in America. Emma Hart Willard, 1819, An Address to the Public; Particularly to the Members of the Legislature of New York, Proposing a Plan for Improving Female Education. Mary Lyon, 1835, The Character of the Young Ladies. Catharine Beecher, Selected Writings. Horace Mann, Selected Writings. Allen W. Dodge, 1840, Report of the Committee on Education of the House of Representatives. The Catholic response to Protestantism in Public Schools, 1840, Various Documents. Horace Bushnell, 1853, Common Schools. Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1876, Education. G. Stanley Hall, 1883, The Contents of Children’s Minds on Entering School. William Torrey Harris, Selected Writings. Francis W. Parker, 1894, The Child (From: Talks on Pedagogics). Charles W. Eliot, 1898, The Function of Education in Democratic Society (From: Educational Reform: Essays and Addresses). William James, 1899, Excerpt from Talks to Teachers on Psychology and to Students on Some of Life’s Ideals. John Dewey, Selected Writings Experience and Education. Booker T. Washington, 1901, Excerpt from Up from Slavery. Jane Addams, 1902, Educational Methods (From: Democracy and Social Ethics). W.E.B. DuBois, Selected Writings. Margaret Haley, 1904, Why Teachers Should Organize. E.L. Thorndike, 1906, Introduction to The Principles of Teaching. Grace C. Strachan, 1910, Equal Pay for Equal Work. George Counts, 1932, Excerpt from Dare the School Build. William C. Bagley, Selected Writings. About the Editors.