Bowles and Gintis

Bowles and Gintis - Theories of Education as a Panacea John...

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5/20/11 Theories of Education as a Panacea John Dewey: the “democratic school” Functional sociology and neoclassical economics: the “technocratic- meritocratic school” Democratic school concerns the compatibility of various functions Technocratic-meritocratic: the ability of schools to perform them
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5/20/11 Dewey School: Democratic Functions Integrative: the “social continuity of life” Egalitarian: equalizing economic gaps between winners and losers, the “balancing wheel”, equality of opportunity Developmental: psychic and moral development of individual
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5/20/11 Technocratic-meritocratic Policy focus on inequality; capacity of government to equalize opportunity through policy intervention Title I, NCLB, etc. Aligning education with needs of economy Job functioning: mass education and skills development for industry
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5/20/11 Schooling and Economy The egalitarianism of schooling is complemented by the meritocratic orientations of industrial society
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