For those who are interested in better understanding the issues surrounding modern education in America, this is a list of recommended readings.
I’ve included an important selection of original writings and reports from those directly involved in the development of the modern school system (General Education Board; National Education Association’s Committee of Ten and Committee of Fifteen). There’s also a link to Cubberley’s book which is an early analysis of the impact of modern schooling on American society.
Works by John Taylor Gatto
Three-time Teacher of the Year for New York City and one-time Teacher of the Year for New York State. (Website and biography HERE)
- Dumbing Us Down
- The Underground History of American Education (Online Edition, archived; print copy HERE)
- Weapons of Mass Instruction
- Youtube Channel HERE
John D. Rockefeller’s General Education Board, Group Congressionally chartered to promote public education in the U.S.
- The Occasional Papers ;1916
National Education Association
- Report of the Committee of Ten (1892; recommended what, how, and when subjects should be taught in secondary schools)
- Report of the Committee of Fifteen (1895; continued the discussion for the elementary level)
Ellwood P. Cubberley, Professor and Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
- Public Education in the United States: A Study and Interpretation of American Education History (1919)
John Dewey (considered the Father of Modern Education)
- My Pedagogic Creed, 1897
- Moral Principles in Education, 1909
- Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education, 1916
Other Noteworthy Reads
The Lost Tools of Learning, Dorothy L. Sayers, 1947