March 27, 1940 |
Schenectady, New York
|Fields||History of education|
|Institutions||University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Chicago
|Alma mater||Yale University
Carl Frederick Kaestle (born March 27, 1940) is University Professor and Professor of Education, History, and Public Policy emeritus at Brown University. His historical research has focused on the development of American schools, particularly in the 1800s. He has worked at the University of Chicago and University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a former president of the National Academy of Education.
In 1970, Kaestle came to the University of Wisconsin–Madison and later became the William F. Vilas Research Professor in educational policy studies and history. He was the chair of Madison's educational policy studies department between 1978 and 1981. Towards the late 1980s, he had international renown as a historian of American education and literacy. His research has focused on the development of American schools, particularly in the 1800s. Kaestle co-founded the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America at the UW–Madison in 1992. He was the original chair of its advisory board, which gathered academics and librarians interested in print culture from across UW–Madison's campus.
In his 1983 Pillars of the Republic, Kaestle argued "... the eventual acceptance of state common-school systems was encouraged by Americans' commitment to republican government, by the dominance of native Protestant culture, and by the development of capitalism".
In 1995, Kaestle left the University of Wisconsin–Madison for the University of Chicago, and later became the University Professor and Professor of Education, History, and Public Policy emeritus at Brown University. He wrote a book on the history of federal involvement in elementary and secondary education from 1940 to 1980.
In 1997, Kaestle married Elizabeth Hollander (nee Lynes) (1939–2015), the former commissioner of planning for the city of Chicago from 1983 until 1989, the first woman to serve in that post. Hollander was the daughter of Russell Lynes (1910–1991), the art historian, author and managing editor of Harper's Magazine and the niece of photographer George Platt Lynes (1907-1955).
Kaestle served as the former president of the National Academy of Education. Writing for The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Harvey J. Graff declared Kaestle "one of the leading practitioners of American educational history". David Tyack referred to Kaestle's Pillars of the Republic as "the best interpretation of antebellum school development written thus far."
- Reports of the President and the Treasurer. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. 1977. p. 55.
- "Three Professors among new faculty members". The University of Chicago Chronicle. University of Chicago. January 19, 1995. Archived from the original on October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- Pawley, Christine (Winter 2008). "'Success on a Shoestring:' A Center for a Diverse Print Culture History in Modern America" (PDF). Library Trends. University of Illinois. pp. 705–719. doi:10.1353/lib.2008.0016. Archived from the original on October 20, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
- Kaestle, Carl F. (1983). Pillars of the Republic: Common Schools and American Society, 1780-1860. Hill and Wang. pp. x. ISBN 0809001543.
- "Carl Kaestle". Teachers College, Columbia University. Archived from the original on October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- "The Directory of Research and Researchers at Brown: Carl Kaestle". Brown University. Archived from the original on October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- Graydon, Megan (October 27, 2015). "Elizabeth Hollander, Chicago planner under Harold Washington, dies at 75". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
- Graff, Harvey J. (1985). "Pillars of the Republic: Common Schools and American Society, 1780-1860 by Carl F. Kaestle". The Journal of Interdisciplinary History. The MIT Press. 15 (3): 542–544. ISSN 0022-1953. JSTOR 204163. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- Tyack, David (1986). "The common school and American society: a reappraisal". History of Education Quarterly. 26: 301–306. JSTOR 368745.
- Urban, Wayne J., ed. (2011). Leaders in the Historical Study of American Education. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. ISBN 978-94-6091-753-0.