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School's in : the history of summer education in American public schools
Gold, Kenneth M. (Kenneth Mark), 1966-
Publication Information:
New York : P. Peter Lang, [2002]

Physical Description:
xiv, 315 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"A time to reap and a time to sow?": rethinking rural school calendars in the Nineteenth Century -- "No more rules, no more books": the elimination of summer terms from the Nineteenth-Century urban school calendar -- "School's out for summer": ideology and the creation of summer vacation, 1840-90 -- "Mitigating mental and moral stagnation": reassessment of summer education and social transformations, 1865-1915 -- "Keeping up with Superintendent Jones": the origins, diffusion, and bureaucratic transformation of vacation schools, 1866-1929 -- "Easy credit": the limits of reputation and the structure of summer schools in Detroit, 1901-39 -- Epilogue: Summer school in the service of national education aims, 1930-2000 -- Appendix: The origins of vacation schools in the United States.
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LC5751 .G65 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

The Author: Kenneth M. Gold is Assistant Professor of Education at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.