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American Education Reform: History, Policy, Practice (Coursera)

Discover what shapes how we talk about schools today by exploring the history of U.S. education reform. Engage with the main actors, key decisions, and major turning points in this history. See how social forces drive reform. Learn about how the critical tensions embedded in U.S. education policy and practice apply to schools nationally, globally— and where you live.


Week 1: The Colonial Period and Early Republic

Week 2: The National Period

Week 3: Postbellum Period

Week 4: The Progressive Era

Week 5: John Dewey and the Pedagogical Progressives

Week 6: The Depression Era

Week 7: Post-World War II

Week 8: Post-1983