Charles L. Glenn

Professor Emeritus

Charles L. Glenn is professor of educational leadership, teaching courses in education history and US and comparative policy. From 1970 to 1991 he was director of urban education and equity efforts for the Massachusetts Department of Education, including administration of over $200 million in state funds for magnet schools and desegregation, and initial responsibility for the nation’s first state bilingual education mandate and the law forbidding race and sex discrimination in education. His research in Europe and North America focuses on urban schooling, parental choice, schooling of linguistic and racial minority pupils, religion and education, history and sociology of education, reconciling national standards with school autonomy and distinctiveness, school desegregation and equity.   He is vice president of an international organization promoting educational freedom and the right to education and serves on the Massachusetts Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights.

Department Chairman

  • Charter Member and Board Member, European Association for Educational Law and Policy
  • Scientific Council, Summer University on Human Rights and the Right to Education, Geneva. ELASUHR
  • Board member, Council for American Private Education (term 2004-2007)
  • Trustee, Boston Trinity Academy
  • Fellow, Center for Public Justice, Washington, DC
  • Vice President, OIDEL (International Organisation for the Right to Education and Educational Freedom), Geneva
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  • Advising graduate students in educational administration and policy.
  • Supervising doctoral dissertations in educational history and policy.
  • Advising undergraduate students in the University Professors program as they write senior theses.
  • Faculty advisor to five evangelical student groups.

Ph.D. Boston University

Ed.D. Harvard University

A.B. Harvard College

SED ED410/412 A1  Social Context of Education and Civic Context of Education

SED AP 640A1  Educational Freedom: US and International

AP 620  History of Education

AP 600  Diversity and Justice in Education

ED 703  Intellectual History of Education: Plato, Rousseau, William James

AP 753  Educational Policy

Following two decades of government responsibility for the educational rights of minority groups in Massachusetts, Dr. Glenn’s research has focused on the historical development of the role of government in relation to both justice and freedom in schooling. The title of his latest edited work with Jan De Groof, Balancing Freedom, Autonomy, and Accountability in Education (2012, four volumes and 100 authors covering 65 countries worldwide), captures well the primary focus of his policy work: finding the right balance among the freedom of parents to choose schools for their children, the professional autonomy of educators to create distinctive schools that respond to both the priorities of parents and the standards set by government, and the role of government in ensuring that every child receives an effective education.

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Choice of Schools in Six Nations, 1989

Educational Freedom in Eastern Europe, 1995

The American Model of State and School: An Historical Inquiry, 2012

Contrasting Models of State and School: A Comparative Historical Study of Parental Choice and State Control, New York and London: Continuum. 2011.

Native American/First Nations Schooling: From the Colonial Period to the Present, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2011.

African American/Afro-Canadian Schooling: From the Colonial Period to the Present, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2011.

“Catharine Beecher,” in Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent, volume I, edited by Thomas Hunt, James Carper, Thomas Lasley, and C.  Daniel Raisch, Sage Publications, 2010.

“Bilingual Education,” in Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent, volume I, edited by Thomas Hunt, James Carper, Thomas Lasley, and C.  Daniel Raisch, Sage Publications, 2010.

“Committee of Ten,” in Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent, volume I, edited by Thomas Hunt, James Carper, Thomas Lasley, and C.  Daniel Raisch, Sage Publications, 2010.

“Common School Movement,” in Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent, volume I, edited by Thomas Hunt, James Carper, Thomas Lasley, and C.  Daniel Raisch, Sage Publications, 2010.

“Islamic Schools,” in Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent, volume I, edited by Thomas Hunt, James Carper, Thomas Lasley, and C.  Daniel Raisch, Sage Publications, 2010.

“Magnet Schools,” in Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent, volume II, edited by Thomas Hunt, James Carper, Thomas Lasley, and C.  Daniel Raisch, Sage Publications, 2010.

“Mann, Horace,” in Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent, volume II, edited by Thomas Hunt, James Carper, Thomas Lasley, and C.  Daniel Raisch, Sage Publications, 2010.

“Utopian Reformers,” in Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent, volume II, edited by Thomas Hunt, James Carper, Thomas Lasley, and C. Daniel Raisch, Sage Publications, 2010.

“John Dewey,” in The Praeger Handbook of Religion and Education in the United States, James C.  Carper and Thomas C. Hunt, editors, Westport, CT: Praeger Publishing, 2009.

“Horace Mann,” in The Praeger Handbook of Religion and Education in the United States, James C.  Carper and Thomas C. Hunt, editors, Westport, CT: Praeger Publishing, 2009.

“School Choice,” in The Praeger Handbook of Religion and Education in the United States, James C.  Carper and Thomas C. Hunt, editors, Westport, CT: Praeger Publishing, 2009.

“The Common School,” in The Praeger Handbook of Religion and Education in the United States, James C.  Carper and Thomas C. Hunt, editors, Westport, CT: Praeger Publishing, 2009.

“Targeting Resources to Disadvantaged Students: A Study of Six Nations,” with Cara Stillings and JoAnn Campbell, in Inequality in Education, edited by Jan de Groof, Hans-Peter Füssel and Gracienne Lauwers, Tilburg: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2009.

“How Chelsea has changed: a personal reflection” in Partnering for Progress: Boston University, the Chelsea Public Schools, and Twenty Years of Urban Education Reform, edited by Cara Stillings Candal, Information Age Publishing, 2009.

“Schooling and the Sovereign State,” in Prospects and Ambiguities of Globalization: Critical Assessment at a Time of Growing Turmoil, edited by James W. Skillen, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009.

“Lo que me apasiona en la vida universitaria,” in Universidad y Sociedad, edited by Guadalupe Arbona Abascal and José A.  Díaz González-Serrano, Madrid; Universitas, 2009.

(2004) with Jan De Groof   Balancing Freedom, Autonomy, and Accountability in Education, volumes 1-3.  Tilburg, The Netherlands : Wolf Legal Publishers.

The Ambiguous Embrace: Government and Faith-based Schools and Social Agencies(2000).  Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press. 2000.

Educating Immigrant Children: Schools and Language Minorities in 12 Nations, with Ester J. de Jong.  New York : Garland Publishing. 1996.

The Myth of the Common School (Italian 2004; Spanish 2006).  Amherst; Oakland : University of Massachusetts Press, 1988; Institute for Contemporary Studies Press, 2002.

Modèles de participation de la société civile dans l’éducation (Models of participation of civil society in education)

School Choice and Social Justice

Education Law and its Role in the Development of States and Children – the Relevancy of International and Comparative Education Law

School Legislation and Minorities and Immigrants’ Language Rights in the USA

Right to Basic Education and Equality of Educational Opportunities

Agendas políticas detrás de la escolarización en los aZos treinta en EspaZa y MJxico (Political agendas behind schooling in the Thirties in Spain and Mexico)

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