STL Graduates Reunite for Book Project
on American Education in Media
Dr. Sevan Terzian and four of his former students from the School of Teaching and Learning’s Ph.D. program joined together to work on American Education in Popular Media: From the Blackboard to the Silver Screen, an edited volume that examines the history of media images of American education throughout the 20th century. These scholars credit seminars and nurturing learning environments as keys to their success in their post-doctoral careers.
Media Portrayals of American Education in the 1970s
Students challenge the authority of teachers, a behavior that becomes more acceptable over time. Social studies teachers, in particular, face greater scrutiny for the perceived decline in the quality of American education.
Media Portrayals of American Education in the 1980s
Images of teachers and students in the media become increasingly negative, as teachers are cast as hopeless and ineffective, while teacher-student confrontation dominates TV shows and films.
Media Portrayals of American Education in the 1990s and 2000s
The progressive, humanistic approach to teaching is replaced with a free-market ideology that called for hyper-masculine, militaristic school principals to reform public education.