Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

On Teaching American History: Major Problems in Secondary Instruction
by Sokolow, Grace, M.A., Lehigh University, 2011, 45; 1493407
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project is to investigate this ambient notion that something is wrong with public education in the United States. I look to the language of President Barack Obama, and work within his philosophical pragmatism to imagine my own remedies for a broken establishment. Then, I express my opinion that young American citizens are deeply injured by incomplete and incorrect understandings of their history. Here, I narrow my focus to the discipline of history, and how it is taught in public secondary schools. I find the contemporary textbook of American history particularly pernicious, and so perform a close reading and analysis of a textbook used widely across the United States. Later, my focus shifts to American patriotism, and its place and purpose within the educational establishment. Finally, I move toward a conclusion, and offer humble suggestions for the amelioration of my criticisms.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pettegrew, John, Munson, Ziad
Commitee:
School: Lehigh University
Department: American Studies
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: American studies, Social studies education
Keywords: Barack Obama, Patriotism, Pragmatism, Textbooks
Publication Number: 1493407
ISBN: 9781124657721
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