American Presidents and Education

American Presidents and Education

by Maurice R. Berube

Hardcover(Reprinted from Multidimensiona ed.)

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The role of the president of the United States in regard to education changed significantly following the end of World War II. As the U.S. economy became more sophisticated and the country emerged as the dominant technological and world power, the demand for an educated work force increased. In this work, Maurice R. Berube offers the first comprehensive analysis of the involvement of American presidents in educational policy, tracing the efforts of administrations from Washington to Bush, and chronicling the national and international pressures to shape educational policies that have characterized the post-World War II era.

Berube's work takes the form of a policy study as he analyzes presidential programs in education, the reasons for their implementation, and their correlation to national educational outcomes. Beginning with the birth of the presidency, he examines successful programs that had a considerable impact and less successful efforts that were significant either ideologically or as forerunners of future policies. The constitutional constraints of the president's role in education are explored, as well as recent developments including the corporate presidency and the rhetorical presidency. Among the other issues addressed are education and the economy and the federal and state constitutions' views of a right to education. This work will be a unique and valuable resource for students of presidential history, the politics of education, and contemporary issues in education, as well as an important addition to public and academic library collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313278488
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/1991
Series: Contributions to the Study of Education Series , #46
Edition description: Reprinted from Multidimensiona ed.
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)

About the Author

MAURICE R. BERUBE is Professor of Education at Old Dominion University. He is the author of numerous books on education, including Teacher Politics: The Influence of Unions (Greenwood Press, 1988), Education and Poverty: Effective Schooling in the United States and Cuba (Greenwood, 1984), and The Urban University in America (Greenwood, 1978).

Table of Contents

Education and the Presidency

Education for Democracy

Education for the Economy

Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) and the Equity Reform Movement

Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) and the Excellence Reform Movement

George Bush (1981-1989) and the National Standards

A National Framework



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