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Excellence vs. equality : can society achieve both goals?

Author: Allan C Ornstein
Publisher: New York ; London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.
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Excellence vs Equality: Can Society Achieve Both Goals? explores the issues faced by societies attempting to preserve democratic ideals and the common good in an era of incommensurate wealth and opportunity. As differences in advantage and ability affect the relationships between institutions and the people who comprise them, the book argues that political and social compromise is needed to prevent economic  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allan C Ornstein
ISBN: 9781138940895 1138940895 9781138940901 1138940909
OCLC Number: 912378883
Description: ix, 188 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction - Excellence vs Equality: Consider ThisChapter 1 - The Search for TalentGeography and "Smart" ThinkingReaffirming the Best and BrightestA Changing World: Globalization and Technology Brain Drain CountsTech Companies and Tech WorkersTalented Workers and Big DataThe New American DreamCenters of CreativityConclusionChapter 2 - Excellence, Equality and EducationDefinitions and LabelsThe Early Role of the SchoolsThe Common School MovementThe Conservative PerspectiveIQ Testing and ScoringDo Schools Make a Difference?The Coleman ReportThe Jencks StudyThe Duncan ModelThe Unaccounted Factors: LuckAptitude vs. AchievementEducation and Economic OpportunityThe Hazards of MeritConclusionChapter 3 - Socio-Economic Class and MobilityMeasures of InequalityA Just SocietyPower, Privilege and Elite InstitutionsA Change in MeritocracyExcellence vs. EqualityEducational Opportunity and MobilityEconomic Opportunity: Old Ideas, New IdeasDifferent Talents, Different RewardsThe Role of GovernmentMerit and AchievementMerit and Human CapitalWinning at All CostsConclusionChapter 4 - Innovation and Human CapitalOutsourcing Middle-Class JobsThe Global VillageTech Society, Tech ExpertiseThe Role of InnovationChina and India - and the FutureThe Rise of AsiaGrowing Inequality in AmericaConclusionChapter 5 - Beyond Excellence: The Rich, Superrich and the Rest of UsThe Value of a College Education Hard Work, Competition and Free MarketsFat Cats: Old Money vs. New MoneyWealth vs. WorkRuling the WorldHard Times for LaborProfits vs. WagesWhere the U.S. is HeadingConclusion
Other Titles: Excellence versus equality
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Excellence vs Equality: Can Society Achieve Both Goals? explores the issues faced by societies attempting to preserve democratic ideals and the common good in an era of incommensurate wealth and opportunity. As differences in advantage and ability affect the relationships between institutions and the people who comprise them, the book argues that political and social compromise is needed to prevent economic inequality from threatening the well-being and mobility of the less able and less fortunate. Topics include globalization, technology, innovation, talent and meritocracy, higher education, big business, labor unions, and social justice within educational and workplace settings. The author raises perennial and ever-prescient questions regarding how to balance excellence and equality, and how to reduce inequality around the world.--

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