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Education and the Rise of the Corporate State

reviewed by Jack Fields - 1972

coverTitle: Education and the Rise of the Corporate State
Author(s): Joel H. Spring
Publisher: CIDOC, Cuernavaca
ISBN: 0807031747, Pages: 234, Year: 1971
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School and society are inextricably linked. Amen. But what part of society do the schools really serve, and toward what clearly defined purposes are they aimed? The questions have been mulled over at length by a horde of theoreticians. What makes Professor Joel Spring's turgid but nevertheless provocative book important is his thesis: that a body of influential American progressive leaders helped to mold the image of a highly organized and smoothly working corporate structure as the model of the good society and, fur­thermore, that this image "played an influential role in shaping the form and di­rection of American public education in the twentieth century." If the thesis holds water, and he goes to considerable effort to document it, then despite profuse verbalisms about the sanctity of the individual, his felt needs, preparation for citizenship, etc., etc., the underlying reality glares like a red light —the purpose of our public schools is to prepare cooperative individuals, sifted out and conditioned like Huxley's Brave New Worlders for their respective... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 3, 1972, p. 454-460
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1631, Date Accessed: 4/21/2021 6:36:48 AM

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