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Adam Laats is an historian interested in conservative educational activism.  He taught middle- and high school for ten years in sunny Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He now teaches  in the Graduate School of Education and History Department at Binghamton University (State University of New York).  He was trained as a historian at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he studied with educational historian William J. Reese and historian of science and medicine Ronald L. Numbers.

He has published widely about the history of conservatism in America’s schools.  His first book, Fundamentalism and Education in the Scopes Era: God, Darwin, and the Roots of America’s Culture Wars (Palgrave Macmillan 2010) examined battles over religion and schooling in the 1920s.  His next book, The Other School Reformers: Conservative Activism in American Education will come out in January 2015 with Harvard University Press.  Laats has published articles in such scholarly journals as Church HistoryHistory of Education Quarterly, and Teachers College Record.  He has contributed essays to the Chronicle of Higher Education, to Education Week, to the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog and to the History News Network.

Laats does not identify as a “conservative” himself.  But he tries to write about conservative issues without attacking them.  As an historian, he hopes to understand conservatism sympathetically, though personally he disagrees with most of the policies labeled “conservative.”

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  1. minus christ

     /  October 31, 2012

    Hey ILYBYGTH, was recommended by another blogger to check you out and not regretting it. Thanks for this rigorous insight into conservative America.

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  2. I just want to say this is my favourite source for looking at the ‘big picture’ of fundamentalism in America, thanks for providing us with your insights.

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  3. I just want to say this is my favourite source for a ‘big picture’ analysis of fundamentalism in America, thanks for giving your time to post about it.

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  4. Excellent. I think your balanced approach to learning is exactly what the community needs. You have added to our learning community. I am very interested in talking to you further about your attempt to improve the community through education and networking.

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  5. Ken Turner

     /  March 16, 2014

    I wonder your take on the posture of WBJ as evaluated by his descendants in http://timesfreepress.com/news/2014/mar/16/family-says-bryan-would-oppose-livesay-move/

    I know it’s impossible to say for sure, but “what would WJB believe today?”

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