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Class counts : education, inequality, and the shrinking middle class

Author: Allan C Ornstein
Publisher: Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield Pub. Group, ©2007.
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"This book describes the need for a redistribution of wealth in order to make U.S. society more democratic, fair, and just, and outlines the ways in which we can begin to make these very necessary changes."--Jacket.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Allan C Ornstein
ISBN: 9780742547353 0742547353 9780742547421 0742547426 9780742547414 0742547418
OCLC Number: 71789923
Description: xiii, 357 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: What the book is about --
About the author --
Introduction --
Historical thoughts of equality and inequality --
Personal comments on inequality --
Poverty expressed through the novel --
The subjective valence --
Good morning America! --
Our Western heritage --
The Greeks --
Greek history and philosophy --
Class and culture --
America: the new Athens, the new Rome --
The fall of Rome --
The future of Pax Americana --
Old history lessons --
Current history lessons --
1776 and beyond: elitist versus enlightened thought --
Revolutionary icons --
Washington: the nation's leader in war and peace --
Adams: not so liberal --
Madison: a Roman form of government --
a republic --
Patrician principles and property rights --
The Tories --
Federalists and Whigs --
The spirit of '76 --
Crossing swords --
Alexander Hamilton: limiting the "mob." --
Thomas Jefferson: natural rights and humanitarianism --
Jefferson and Hamilton yesterday and today --
A final comment --
Patrician influence and social/educational thought --
Worlds apart --
Stretched thin, today --
Economics 101/ education 101 --
The economics of teaching and schooling --
A trip down memory lane --
The promised land --
Pushing ahead --
Geography and "smart" thinking --
Reaffirming the best and brightest --
A change in meritocracy --
Relationship of education to income --
The conservative view --
The liberal view --
A synthesis view --
The call for educational excellence and equity --
Racial and class implications --
What is equality --
The role of education --
Historical perspective --
Educational opportunity --
The winning of the West --
The democratic forces of the West --
Hypothesizing about the past --
The voice of Rousseau --
Shades of blue and gray and black and white --
Social mobility and social structure --
Measures of inequality --
A just society --
Power, privilege, and elite institutions --
A final comment: frankness and fairness --
Education, mobility and the American dream --
Conservative and liberal thoughts concerning class --
The rich and poor --
The new titans and the new workers --
Left behind Americans --
Imbalances of big business --
Changing American society --
Post Sputnik schooling: talent, testing, and tracking --
Equal opportunity --
Conservative and liberal educators --
Supply and demand-and the American dream --
The changing market place --
Mounting debt and declining mobility --
Money and morality --
Worsening gaps between the super rich and non rich --
The declining influence of education --
A final comment --
The golden years are over --
The guilded age --
The triumph of big business --
Engendering the American dream --
The ideal industrial model --
Visions and divisions of reform --
Criticism of corporate industrialism --
A "modest" proposal --
U.S.A. today --
Bundles of money --
The rich get richer --
Lessons to learn --
Oops, a different historical perspective --
Disappearing dollars --
Some oldies and goodies --
Economic bust within an economic boom --
Feed the workers more pork --
Retiring and rethinking college saving plans --
Leaving the old folks behind --
World inequality --
New York City: an electric jolt --
Personal images and interpretations --
Global inequality and instability --
The changing global village --
The shrinking white world --
High-tech vs low-tech nations --
The growing proletariat --
The third world is growing --
Post-modern reality --
The "population bomb" --
Inequality and third-world women --
Energy, earth and the economy --
All roads lead to Washington, D.C --
Disagreement and debate --
The class between belief and unbelief --
Wisfhul thinking: recommendations and solutions --
Sword fighting between conservatives and liberals --
Seeking a sane policy --
Extreme views --
Tax-cut theorists: differences between the political left and right --
Off center: miles apart --
Finding the center --
Donkeys, elephants, and rich people --
Political lessons to learn --
Dreaming the impossible dream --
Reforming the tax code --
Estate and gifts taxes --
Luxury tax --
Windfall tax --
Focus on fuel --
Focus on essentials --
Free college tuition --
Safety nets stretched thin --
Deficits, debt, and declining benefits --
Social security --
The pension picture --
The health care bubble --
Private health care --
Medicaid --
Medicare --
A personal perspective --
Food for political thought --
Last words.
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