How to Succeed in School Without Really Learning: The Credentials Race in American Education

How to Succeed in School Without Really Learning: The Credentials Race in American Education

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Overview

Getting ahead and getting an education are inseparable in the minds of most Americans. David Labaree argues, however, that the connection between schooling and social mobility may be doing more harm than good, for the pursuit of educational credentials has come to take precedence over the acquisition of knowledge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300069938
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 07/28/1997
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

David F. Labaree, associate professor of education at Michigan State University, is also the author of The Making of an American High School.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(14)
1 Public Schools for Private Advantage: Conflicting Goals and the Impact on Education
15(38)
2 The Social Meaning of Student Promotion and Retention
53(22)
3 Raising Standards in the American High School: Why the Good Old Days Are Not Much Help
75(17)
4 The Middle Class and the High School
92(18)
5 The Carnegie Cult of Social Efficiency: An Exceptional Report That Proves the Rule
110(19)
6 Rethinking the Movement to Professionalize Teaching
129(31)
7 Career Ladders and the Early Schoolteacher
160(30)
8 The Rise of the Community College: Markets and the Limits of Educational Opportunity
190(33)
9 The Lowly Status of Education Schools
223(27)
10 Schooling Consumers and Consuming the School
250(13)
Notes 263(30)
References 293(20)
Index 313

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