Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 Among historians, the Scopes Trial of 1925 hogs all the attention. In my first book, I wondered what else conservative evangelical Protestants wanted out of American education. The answers I found surprised me. This book was the result of my dissertation research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, guided by educational historian … More Fundamentalism and Education in the Scopes Era: God, Darwin, and the Roots of America’s Culture Wars
University of Chicago Press, 2016 What do we want out of America’s schoolchildren? . . . out of America’s creationists? In Teaching Evolution in a Creation Nation, my co-author Harvey Siegel and I tackle these difficult questions head-on. Harvey and I review the historical and philosophical involved in America’s long culture-war battle over evolution and … More Teaching Evolution in a Creation Nation
Harvard University Press, 2015 [UPDATE: More good news! I just heard that this book has been awarded the History of Education Society’s Outstanding Book Award for 2015. Wow! I’m very grateful to HES and to the selection committee.] What have conservatives wanted out of America’s schools? What has it meant to be “conservative” about American … More The Other School Reformers: Conservative Activism in American Education
Oxford University Press, 2018 [UPDATE: The book is now available! A million thanks to the funders, readers, and archivists who made it possible and pleasant.] If you want to run for President as a Republican these days, there seems to be a new requirement. In addition to shaking hands, kissing babies, and eating barbecue, every … More Fundamentalist U: Keeping the Faith in American Higher Education
“Okay, okay,” she said. “But why do they put Jesus on a dinosaur?” My sister-in-law and I were a lot alike. We were both pretty secular folks. We were both pretty progressive voters. And we were both flummoxed by American creationism. For the past few years, I had made a habit of studying the history … More Why Is Jesus on a Dinosaur? Finding New Middle Ground in our Creation/Evolution Wars
America has always been terrified of its children. Never more so than in the early decades of the 1800s, when packs of youths roamed the bursting new cities of the new united States. Small wonder, then, that a reformer who promised to round up these youths, to Americanize them, civilize them, and educate them, would … More The SYSTEM: Joseph Lancaster and the Delusion of Early School Reform
Yahoo! I’ve just heard that my Other School Reformers has been selected for the History of Education Society’s Outstanding Book Award for 2015. Wowzers. I’ll be joining some of my history heroes and some of my favorite books as winners of this prize. For example: 2014, William Reese, Testing Wars in the Public Schools: … More Out Standing in the Field!
Okay, cheapskates…for those of you who are still wondering if you should shell out twenty bucks for our new book, here’s a way for you to try before you buy. Professor Amy Lark of Michigan Technological University has offered a review in the pages of American Biology Teacher. You need a subscription to read the … More ….but Is It Any Good?
Good news, sports fans: I’ve signed a publishing contract for my upcoming book. I’m delighted to announce that Fundamentalist U: Keeping the Faith in American Higher Education will be published by Oxford University Press. It will join other terrific Oxford titles such as Dan Williams’ Defenders of the Unborn and God’s Own Party, as well … More The Ink Is Dry!
It sure didn’t take long! As soon as our recent commentary about creationism and evolution went up at Education Week, there were plenty of people ready to fight about it. If you’re looking for some interesting reading, go ahead and skip the article–since you’ve already read the book–and check out the comments section. Some commenters … More Who Knew Creationism Was so Controversial?