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The Political Economy of Education: Implications for Growth and Inequality


reviewed by Donald K. Sharpes 2005

coverTitle: The Political Economy of Education: Implications for Growth and Inequality
Author(s): Mark Gradstein, Moshe Justman and Volker Meier
Publisher: MIT Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0262072564 , Pages: 176, Year: 2004
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Formal schooling has an impact on jobs, wages, family income, and the general quality of national life. The absence of students from school in the summer months in the 19th and preceding centuries benefited farmers who needed young laborers to harvest crops. The introduction of vocational programs in secondary schools helped prepare youth for the challenges of manufacturing jobs in the early 20th century. Schools in the 21st century are expected to produce a corps of skilled and informed graduates for the imperatives of the global information age. Based on international achievement levels and declining test scores, the consensus now is that the public should be prepared to be disappointed in the future overall scholastic achievements of American public school graduates. In the worldwide quest for competitive jobs and technically proficient workers, Americans are underperforming. And the data reveal that the trend is not being reversed. In the slender volume... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2498-2501
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11839, Date Accessed: 3/29/2017 10:46:08 PM

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  • Donald Sharpes
    Arizona State University
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    DONALD K. SHARPES is Adjunct Professor of Education at Arizona State University and Professor Emeritus at Weber State University specializing in the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and international affairs. He is the author of 15 books and over 235 professional publications, newspaper articles and essays. He has taught at Arizona State, Maryland, Maine, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Utah State, Weber State and won numerous university and professional association awards for teaching, scholarship and service. He is the recipient of two senior Fulbright awards (Malaysia and Cyprus) was the first American to be admitted as a member of the China Senior Professors Association, and has served as a consultant to several foreign governments and as a visiting professor at universities in China, England, Cyprus, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. He has been a part-time correspondent for several major western newspapers and held positions as research associate at Stanford University, technical division director in the U.S. Dept. of Education in Washington, DC, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sussex, and Visiting Scholar at Oxford University in 1999-2000. In 2000 he was University Professor at Zayed University in The United Arab Emirates.
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