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School's In


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Why is summer a time of leisure or work rather than schooling for most students in the United States today? Kenneth Gold offers a fascinating and complex account of the history of summer education that rejects the pervasive myth that summer vacation is a natural vestige of agrarian America and highlights an historic tension over the presence and absence of summer education in American public schools. School's In unravels the ideologies and politics surrounding the nineteenth-century demise of summer terms and the social concerns and conditions that gave rise to twentieth-century summer schools whose remedial features remain familiar today.

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Gold (education, College of Staten Island, City U. of New York) gives a history of summer classes from the 19th century to the present, addressing the question of why universal summer education is not in place in the U.S. The first three chapters examine the standardization of school calendars in the 1800s, both in the country and the city. The last three chapters address the concept of the vacation school and summer school, as introduced by cities such as Newark and Providence. An epilogue deals with the return of summer school after the Depression. Gold uses dozens of statistical tables to support his points.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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(the history of summer education in American public schools )
P. Lang
New York
Summer schools
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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xiv, 315 p.

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Education » Assessment
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