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The enigmatic academy : class, bureaucracy, and religion in American education

Author: Christian J Churchill; Gerald Levy
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pa. : Temple University Press, 2012.
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"The Enigmatic Academy is a provocative look at the purpose and practice of education in America. Authors Christian Churchill and Gerald Levy use three case studies - a liberal arts college, a boarding school, and a Job Corps centre - to illustrate how class, bureaucratic, and secular-religious dimensions of education prepare youth for participation in American foreign and domestic policy at all levels. The authors  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christian J Churchill; Gerald Levy
ISBN: 9781439907832 1439907838 9781439907849 1439907846 9781439907856 1439907854
OCLC Number: 758391330
Description: viii, 223 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Plufort College. The regional atmosphere --
The development thrust --
The Symbiotic community --
The academic trajectory --
The sociopolitical whirlpool --
The socially ironic reality screen --
The public relations panorama --
The competitive strain --
Conclusion: the bureaucratic grip --
pt. II. Mountainview School. The Brahmin tone --
The civil service intrusion --
The embattled entitlement path --
The clubbable induction --
The currency of behavior --
The leisured deviance realm --
Conclusion: rentier incorrigibility in academe --
pt. III. Landover Job Corps Center. History: profit motives, local fears, violent outbreaks --
Approaching Landover --
The river to the job --
Responses to institutionalized failure --
Students: "it's a risky place" --
Conclusion: the veil of ennui.
Responsibility: Christian J. Churchill and Gerald E. Levy.

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Challenging the common idea that education can save the individual and society from major problems of the modern world.  Read more...

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