Preparing for Power: America's Elite Boarding Schools / Edition 1

Preparing for Power: America's Elite Boarding Schools / Edition 1

by Peter W. Cookson Jr, Caroline Hodges Persell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0465062695

ISBN-13: 9780465062690

Pub. Date: 09/28/1987

Publisher: Basic Books


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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465062690
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/28/1987
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile:
1350L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Prologue: Seeking the Prep School Perspective3
Part IThe World of Boarding Schools
1Privilege and the Importance of Elite Education13
2Rousseau's Children: Total Educational Environments31
3The Chosen Ones49
Part IIThe Prep Rite of Passage
4Cultural Capital: Curricula and Teachers73
5Academic Climates, Teaching Styles, and Student Stress94
6The Iron Hand in the Velvet Glove: Trustees, Heads, and Charisma108
7The Prep Crucible124
8The Student Underlife and the Loss of Innocence146
Part IIIThe World Beyond
9The Vital Link: Prep Schools and Higher Education167
10Preps at Play and in the Power Structure190
Appendix209
References240
School Bulletins Cited250
Index251

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