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American Educational Thought:

Essays from 1640-1940

Edited by Andrew J. Milson, Chara Haeussler Bohan,
Perry L. Glanzer, J. Wesley Null


Paperback: 624 pages
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Series: Readings in Educational Thought
Publish Date: September 1, 2017
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1607523647
ISBN-13: 978-1607523642

American Educational Thought: Essays from 1640-1940 contains primary source readings from the mid 1600s to 1940. The goal of the work is to provide teachers, contemporary scholars of education, and policymakers with the most significant arguments made on the subject of American education during this time period. In this second edition of the book, the editors have included numerous new works that open up new possibilities for discussion, represent more wide-ranging viewpoints, and provide even richer context for making sense of American educational thought.


Andrew J. Milson is a professor of history and geography at the University of Texas at Arlington. His latest book, Arkansas Travelers: Geographies of Exploration and Perception, 1804-1834 (University of Arkansas Press, 2019) tells the stories of the travels of William Dunbar, Henry R. Schoolcraft, Thomas Nuttall, and G.W. Featherstonhaugh on the Arkansas frontier.

Chara Haeussler Bohan is a professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University.  She is a member of the Social Foundations program faculty, where she specializes in educational history, curriculum, and gender.  She has diverse teaching experiences in urban high needs schools as well as elite private secondary schools.

She has more than 80 publications, which include book chapters and research articles in leading journals such as Action in Teacher Education, Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, Educational Foundations, Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, Journal of Curriculum and Supervision, Journal of Social Studies Research, Social Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, Social Studies Research and Practice, Theory and Research in Social Education, and Vitae Scholasticae.

Perry L. Glanzer (B.A., Rice University; M.A., Baylor University; Ph.D., University of Southern California) is Professor of Educational Foundations at Baylor University and a Resident Scholar with Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion.

J. Wesley Null, Ph.D., is a Professor of Education in the School of Education and the Honors College at Baylor. He is currently serving as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Institutional Effectiveness, a position that he has held since January 2011. Prior to beginning his role as Vice Provost, Dr. Null served as Associate Dean within Baylor’s Honors College, Acting Director of the University’s Honors Program, and founding Director of Baylor’s Ph.D. in Curriculum & Teaching program.


Spiritual Milk for American Babes, Drawn out of the Breasts of Both Testaments for their Soul’s Nourishment, John Cotton, 1641; Excerpts from Some Fruits of Solitude in Reflections and Maxims, William Penn, 1693; An Essay Upon the Good Education of Children, Cotton Mather, 1708; Proposals Relating to the Youth in Pensilvania, Benjamin Franklin, 1749; A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, Thomas Jefferson, 1778; Letter to John Banister: Advantages of an American Education, Thomas Jefferson, 1785; Letter to Nathaniel Burwell: Education of Women, Thomas Jefferson, 1818; Thoughts upon Female Education, Benjamin Rush, 1787; On the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic, Benjamin Rush, 1798; On Education of Youth in America, Noah Webster, 1790; An Address to the Public, Emma Willard, 1819; The Character of Young Ladies, Mary Lyon, 1835; An Essay on the Education of Female Teachers, Catharine Beecher, 1835; Remedy for Wrongs to Women, Catharine Beecher, 1846; Means and Objects of Common School Education, Horace Mann, 1837; Twelfth Annual Report of the Secretary of the Massachusetts School Board, Horace Mann, 1848; Report of the Committee on Education of the House of Representatives, Allen Dodge, 1840; Petition of the Catholics of the City of New York, Thomas O’ Connor, 1840; Report of the Special Committee of the Board of Aldermen, 1840; Memorial of a Committee of the Methodist Episcopal Church, N. Bangs, Thomas E. Bond, & George Peck, 1840; The Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1848; Common Schools, Horace Bushnell, 1853; Education, Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1876; Secularized Education, Robert Louis Dabney, 1879; Compulsory Education in Relation to Crime and Social Morals, William Torrey Harris, 1885, The Philosophy of Education, William Torrey Harris, 1893; Report of the Committee of Ten on Secondary School Studies, National Education Association, 1894; The Child, Francis W. Parker, 1894; The Function of Education in Democratic Society, Charles W. Eliot, 1898; Talks to Teachers on Psychology and to Students on Some of Life’s Ideals, William James, 1899; My Pedagogic Creed, John Dewey, 1897; Excerpt from School and Society, John Dewey, 1900; Excerpt from Experience and Education, John Dewey 1938; The Ideal School as Based on Child Study, G. Stanley Hall, 1901; Excerpt from Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington, 1901; Of the Training of Black Men, W.E.B. DuBois, 1902; Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others, W.E.B. DuBois, 1903; Why Teachers Should Organize, Margaret Haley, 1904; The Certification of Teachers, Ellwood P. Cubberley, 1906; The Public School and the Immigrant Child, Jane Addams, 1908; Education by the Current Event, Jane Addams, 1930; The Contribution of Psychology to Education, E. L. Thorndike, 1910; Equal Pay for Equal Work, Grace Strachan, 1910; Report of the Commission of the Reorganization of Secondary Education, National Education Association, 1918; The Project Method, William H. Kilpatrick, 1918; A Philosophy of Education for Negro Girls, Mary McLeod Bethune, 1926; The Educational Values of the College Bred, Mary McLeod Bethune, 1934; Excerpt from Dare the School Build a New Social Order?, George S. Counts, 1932; An Essentialist’s Platform for the Advancement of American Education, William C. Bagley 1938; The Significance of the Essentialist Movement in Educational Theory, William C. Bagley 1939, Selection from Progressive Education at the Crossroads, Boyd H. Bode, 1938; Prejudice the Garden Toward Roses? Isaac Kandel, 1939