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Education for upward mobility

Author: Michael J Petrilli
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book seeks answers to a fundamental question, perhaps one of the most important questions in America today: How can we help children born into poverty transcend their disadvantages and enter the middle class as adults? And in particular, what role can our schools play? There's little doubt that education and opportunity are tightly joined in the twenty-first-century economy. Almost every week brings a new study  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Petrilli
ISBN: 1475819757 9781475819755
OCLC Number: 916722653
Description: 274 pages
Contents: Part I: Transcending poverty through education, work, and personal responsibility --
1. Education and the "success sequence" --
2. Big payoff, low probability: postsecondary education and economic mobility in America --
3. The certification revolution --
4. How apprenticeship approaches can spur upward mobility in the United States --
Part II: Multiple pathways in high school tracking revisited? --
5. Small high schools of choice --
6. College-prep high schools for the poor --
7. High-quality career and technical education --
Part III: The early years --
8. Starting at five is too late: early childhood education and upward mobility --
9. Poverty-fighting elementary schools: knowledge acquisition is job one --
10. Tracking in middle school.
Responsibility: edited by Michael J. Petrilli.

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This book seeks answers to a fundamental question, perhaps one of the most important questions in America today: How can we help children born into poverty transcend their disadvantages and enter the middle class as adults? And in particular, what role can our schools play? There's little doubt that education and opportunity are tightly joined in the twenty-first-century economy. Almost every week brings a new study demonstrating that highly skilled workers are being rewarded with stronger pay and excellent working conditions, while Americans with few skills are struggling mightily. Expanding educational achievement, then, appears to be a clear route to expanding economic opportunity. Yet much of our public discourse ends there. Of course more young Americans need better education in order to succeed. But what kind of education? Is the goal "college for all"? What do we mean by "college"? Do our young people mostly need a strong foundation in academics? What about so-called "non-cognitive" skills? Should technical education make a comeback? Education for Upward Mobility provides fresh perspectives and concrete ideas for policymakers at every level of government; for leaders and policy analysts in education reform organizations in the states and in Washington; for philanthropists and membership associations; and for local superintendents and school board members. It combines the latest research evidence on relevant topics with in-depth explorations of promising practices on the ground, in real places, achieving real successes.

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In Education for Upward Mobility, Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, assembles a team of contributors to tackle how we can help children born into poverty transcend their Read more...

 
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