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The Education Gospel: The Economic Power of Schooling


reviewed by Harold J. Noah — 2006

coverTitle: The Education Gospel: The Economic Power of Schooling
Author(s): W. Norton Grubb and Marvin Lazerson
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674015371 , Pages: 334, Year: 2004
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The first nine chapters of this book present a sustained and convincing set of arguments, describing some basic ways in which formal education in the U.S. has gone astray.  Final chapters summarize the major themes of the book and propose a general course of action that might offer hope of remedy.  The authors are exceptionally qualified to present their arguments, which should be taken to heart by all who have interest in the improvement of life in America. The authors define the Education Gospel as an amalgam of at least four commonly-held dicta:  that more schooling for more people holds the solution for our most pressing social problems;  that the so-called Information Society is changing fundamentally the nature of work; that the proper task of our educational institutions is to prepare students ever more closely to undertake that new kind of work; and that the necessary preparation should extend to the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 110-112
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11951, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 8:57:38 AM

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  • Harold Noah
    Teachers College, Columbia University
    HAROLD J. NOAH is Gardner Cowles Professor Emeritus at Teachers College, Columbia University. He served on the faculty from 1964 to 1987, and as Dean of the College from 1975 to 1980. He has published extensively in comparative education and in the economics of education.
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