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The Diverted Dream: Community Colleges and the Promise of Educational Opportunity in America


reviewed by Robert R. Lawrence 1990

coverTitle: The Diverted Dream: Community Colleges and the Promise of Educational Opportunity in America
Author(s): Steven Brint, Jerome Karabel
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford
ISBN: 0195048164, Pages: 312, Year: 1989
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Brint and Karabel build an ambiguous argument stating that schools should at once develop skills, foster citizenship, and provide for socioeconomic upward mobility. The opening phrases of Chapter 1, “From the earliest days of the Republic,” express the historical and political approach of the book. Populist phrases from Jefferson, Lincoln, and Reagan are cited. Just as community colleges are often called the “people’s colleges,” so this book is written in defense of just those “people,” the working class and those aspiring to be upwardly mobile. The invention and phenomenal growth of the community college took place through the efforts of “powerful sponsors,” the leaders of such universities as Chicago, Stanford, Michigan, and Berkeley, during the 1890s and the years prior to World War I. It was during this period that the American research university came into being using the German university as a model. The American high school, invented just a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 92 Number 1, 1990, p. 140-143
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 341, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 11:25:32 AM

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