In the Shadow of Authoritarianism : American Education in the Twentieth Century Paperback / softback
This book explores how American educators, in the wake of World War I, created a student-centered curriculum in response to authoritarian threats abroad.
For most of the twentieth century, American educators lived in the shadow of ideological, political, cultural, and existential threats (including Prussianism, propaganda, collectivism, dictatorship, totalitarianism, mind control, the space race, and moral relativity).
To meet the perceived threat, the American curriculum was gradually moved to a more student-centered direction that focused less on "what to think" and more on "how to think." This book examines the period between World War I and the 1980s, focusing on how U.S. schools countered the influence of fascist and communist ideologies, as well as racial discrimination.
The author also considers this approach in light of current-day interests in the Common Core State Standards.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Teachers' College Press
- Publication Date: 30/09/2018
- Category: Social & cultural history
- ISBN: 9780807759370