Someone Has to Fail: The Zero-Sum Game of Public Schooling

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Harvard University Press, Apr 2, 2012 - Education - 312 pages
What do we really want from schools? Only everything, in all its contradictions. Most of all, we want access and opportunity for all children—but all possible advantages for our own. So argues historian David Labaree in this provocative look at the way “this archetype of dysfunction works so well at what we want it to do even as it evades what we explicitly ask it to do.”
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 From Citizens to Consumers
10
2 Founding the American School System
42
3 The Progressive Effort to Reshape the System
80
4 Organizational Resistance to Reform
106
5 Classroom Resistance to Reform
134
6 Failing to Solve Social Problems
163
7 The Limits of School Learning
195
8 Living with the School Syndrome
222
Notes
259
References
269
Acknowledgments
279
Index
293
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David F. Labaree is Professor of Education at Stanford University and author of How to Succeed in School Without Really Learning.

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