Joel Spring

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Joel Spring (born in San Diego, California on September 24, 1940) is an American academic. He writes on American and global educational policy with over twenty books on these topics. His great-great-grandfather was the first Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory and his grandfather, Joel S. Spring, was a local district chief at the time Indian Territory became Oklahoma. Joel Spring worked as a railroad conductor on the Illinois Central Railroad[1] and for many years lived each summer on an island off the coast of Sitka, Alaska. His self-published novel, Alaskan Visions includes many of his Alaskan experiences.[2]

He received his Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Spring’s major research interests are history of education, globalization and education, multicultural education, Native American culture, the politics of education, and human rights education.[3] As of 2008,[4] and A New Paradigm for Global School Systems: Education for a Long and Happy Life.[5] Some of Spring's other books are Pedagogies of Globalization: The Rise of the Educational Security State;[6] How Educational Ideologies are Shaping Global Society;[7] and Education and the Rise of the Global Economy.[8] His most important textbooks[9] are American Education (now in its 18th edition);[10] The American School: From the Puritans to No Child Left Behind[11] (now in its 7th edition, previously titled The American School: 1642-2004) and Conflict of Interests: The Politics of American Education[12] (now in its 5th edition).

His book Wheels in the Head: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Socrates to Human Rights[13] was recently translated into Chinese and published by the University of Peking Press.


  1. ^ Faculty Biographies, City University of New York Graduate Center.
  2. ^ "Teaching for Global Community: Overcoming the Divide and Conquer Strategies of the Oppressor". Third International Conference on Education, Labor, and Emancipation. El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. September 28 – October 1, 2006.
  3. ^ About the Author. The Joel Spring Library.
  4. ^ Joel H. Spring (2008). Globalization of education: an introduction. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-415-98946-6.
  5. ^ Joel H. Spring (2007). A new paradigm for global school systems: education for a long and happy life. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-8058-6123-5.
  6. ^ Joel H. Spring (2006). Pedagogies of globalization: the rise of the educational security state. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-8058-5557-9.
  7. ^ Joel H. Spring (2004). How educational ideologies are shaping global society: intergovernmental organizations, NGO's, and the decline of the nation-state. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-8058-4915-8.
  8. ^ Joel H. Spring (1998). Education and the rise of the global economy. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-8058-3013-2.
  9. ^ The Joel Spring Library
  10. ^ Joel H. Spring (2018). American education. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-1-138-08725-5.
  11. ^ Joel Spring (2007). The American School: From the Puritans to No Child Left Behind. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0-07-352589-1.
  12. ^ Joel H. Spring (1992). Conflict of interests: the politics of American education. Longman. ISBN 978-0-8013-0789-8.
  13. ^ Joel H. Spring (2006). Wheels in the head: educational philosophies of authority, freedom, and culture from Socrates to human rights. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-8058-6131-0.