Lawrence A. Cremin

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Lawrence A. Cremin (October 31, 1925 in New York, N.Y. – September 4, 1990 in New York, N.Y.) was an educational historian and administrator.


He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1949. He won the 1962 Bancroft Prize in American History for his book The Transformation of the School: Progressivism in American Education, 1876–1957. This book described the anti-intellectual emphasis on non-academic subjects and non-authoritarian teaching methods that occurred as a result of enormously increasing enrollment. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1981 for his American Education: The National Experience, 1783-1876.[1][2]

He was the president of Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City, from 1974 to 1984. In 1985, he became the president of the Spencer Foundation.


  1. ^ Teacher in America, Part I (1988). The Open Mind. 1988. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ Teacher in America, Part II (1988). The Open Mind. 1988. Retrieved February 20, 2012.