Class Counts

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Class counts. Class differences and class warfare have existed since the beginning of Western civilization, but the gap in income and wealth between the rich (top 10 percent) and the rest has increased steadily in the past twenty-five years. The United States is heading for a financial oligarchy much worse than the aristocratic old world that our founding fathers feared and tried to avoid. The middle class is struggling and shrinking, the Medicare and Social Security trusts are drying up, and education is no ...

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Overview

Class counts. Class differences and class warfare have existed since the beginning of Western civilization, but the gap in income and wealth between the rich (top 10 percent) and the rest has increased steadily in the past twenty-five years. The United States is heading for a financial oligarchy much worse than the aristocratic old world that our founding fathers feared and tried to avoid. The middle class is struggling and shrinking, the Medicare and Social Security trusts are drying up, and education is no longer the great equalizer. A moral society, one that is fair and just, sets limits on the accumulation of wealth and inherited privilege and also guarantees a safety net for the less fortunate. This book describes the need for a redistribution of wealth in order to make U.S. society more democratic, fair, and just, and outlines the ways in which we can begin to make these very necessary changes. This is a powerful and timely book, one that should be read by anyone interested in preserving the social fabric of American life.

About the Author:
Allan Ornstein is professor of education at St. John's University. He is a former Fulbright-Hayes Scholar and is the author of more than four hundred articles and fifty books on education and social issues, including Foundations of Education, 10th ed.; Education Administration: Concept and Practices, 5th ed.; and Curriculum Foundations, Principles, and Issues, 4th ed

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Editorial Reviews

Teachers College Record - Leslie S. Kaplan & William A. Owings
Class Counts makes a useful resource for lively and relevant discussions for doctoral level social justice or educational leadership and policy courses. It would effectively supplement an advanced educational foundations course....Educators and their students will find Class Counts helps them become more informed voters.
Teachers College Record
Class Counts makes a useful resource for lively and relevant discussions for doctoral level social justice or educational leadership and policy courses. It would effectively supplement an advanced educational foundations course....Educators and their students will find Class Counts helps them become more informed voters.
— Leslie S. Kaplan & William A. Owings
March 2008 CHOICE
useful for studies in inequality.
Teachers College Record - Leslie S. Kaplan & William A. Owings
Class Counts makes a useful resource for lively and relevant discussions for doctoral level social justice or educational leadership and policy courses. It would effectively supplement an advanced educational foundations course....Educators and their students will find Class Counts helps them become more informed voters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742547421
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 0.83 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan Ornstein is professor of education at St. John's University. He is a former Fulbright-Hayes Scholar and is the author of more than 400 articles and 50 books on education and social issues, including Foundations of Education, 9th ed; Education Administration: Concept and Practices, 4th ed., and Curriculum Foundations, Principles, and Issues.
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Table of Contents


What this Book Is About     vii
Dedication     xi
Introduction: For Readers with Intellectual Pizzazz     1
Historical Thoughts of Equality and Inequality     9
1776-And Beyond: Elitist versus Enlightened Thought     43
Patrician Influence and Social/Educational Thought     73
What Is Equality?     117
Education, Mobility, and the American Dream     155
The Golden Years Are Over     193
World Inequality     237
Wishful Thinking: Recommendations and Solutions     283
Index     341
About the Author     357
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