Preparing For Power: America's Elite Boarding Schools

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Basic Books, Aug 4, 2008 - Education - 272 pages
Why do private boarding schools produce such a disproportionate number of leaders in business, government, and the arts? In the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, two sociologists describe the complex ways in which elite schools prepare students for success and power, and they also provide a lively behind-the-scenes look at prep–school life and underlife.
 

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For this book, the authors visited more than 60 elite prep schools in the United States and England, interviewing ad ministrators, faculty, students, and alumni. Attended by less than one per cent of ... Read full review

Contents

Privilege and the Importance of Elite Education
14
Rousseaus Children Total Educational Environments
32
The Chosen Ones
50
Cultural Capital Curricula and Teachers
74
Academic Climates Teaching Styles and Student Stress
95
The Iron Hand in the Velvet Glove Trustees Heads and Charisma
109
The Prep Crucible
125
The Student Underlife and the Loss of Innocence
147
The Vital Link Prep Schools and Higher Education
168
Preps at Play and in the Power Structure
191
APPENDIX
210
REFERENCES
241
SCHOOL BULLETINS CITED
251
INDEX
252
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