Adam Laats is an historian interested in culture and education in the United States. He taught middle- and high school for ten years in sunny Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He now teaches in the Graduate School of Education 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 America’s schools and culture. 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 came out in February 2015 with Harvard University Press. His latest book, co-authored with philosopher Harvey Siegel and titled Teaching Evolution in a Creation Nation, hit the shelves in March, 2016. His current research examines the twentieth-century history of conservative evangelical colleges and universities. He is also working on a different sort of book about American creationism. Laats has published articles in such scholarly journals as Church History, History of Education Quarterly, and Teachers College Record. He has contributed essays to the Chronicle of Higher Education, to Education Week, to Time, to the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog and to the History News Network.
When it comes to his personal opinions about schools and culture, Laats generally sticks with his progressive roots. However, he tries hard to be sympathetic to and understanding of conservatives, traditionalists, and free-marketeers. As the SAGLRROILYBYGTH* are aware, the point of this blog is to challenge pat assumptions about school and society, whether progressive, conservative, or other.
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