KJ Shepherd is a PhD candidate in the History Department at the University of South Florida. They are currently writing a dissertation on the ways in which Americans have used standardized testing since the end of World War II to fuel broader social arguments about ability, gender, race, citizenship, and the state.

Book Review: American Education in Popular Media: From the Blackboard to the Silver Screen edited by Sevan G. Terzian and Patrick A. Ryan

Building upon conversations within cultural and media studies, Terzian and Ryan have curated a collection that grapples with the relationship between intent and interpretation—between the way popular media images (mis)represent educational circumstances and the way such images shape how Americans have expected to see their educational surroundings. Continue reading