Backstory - School Days: A History of Public Education

On this "back to school" episode of BackStory, the History Guys explore the ways our expectations of public schools have changed throughout American history. What did education look like in the colonial period, and what did the founders have to say about it? Did industrialization and immigration change the ways we think about schools' purpose? How did public education go from local to state control, and when did the feds get involved? How have children's attitudes about school changed over time? These are some of the question on the table as the History Guys go back to school.

BackStory is a new hour-long show in which renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths. Over the course of each episode, the historian-hosts are joined by people in the news, callers, and fellow scholars interested in exploring the roots of contemporary America. Together, they reveal the connections -- and disconnections -- between past and present. With its passionate, intelligent, and irreverent approach, BackStory is essential listening for a broad range of audiences.


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