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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.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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: Chapter 1 – The Search for Talent --
Geography and "Smart" Thinking --
Reaffirming the Best and Brightest --
A Changing World: Globalization and Technology --
Brain Drain Counts --
Tech Companies and Tech Workers --
Talented Workers and Big Data --
The New American Dream --
Centers of Creativity Chapter 2 – Excellence, Equality and Education --
Definitions and Labels --
The Early Role of the Schools --
The Common School Movement --
The Conservative Perspective --
IQ Testing and Scoring --
Do Schools Make a Difference? --
The Coleman Report --
The Jencks Study --
The Duncan Model --
The Unaccounted Factors: Luck --
Aptitude vs. Achievement --
Education and Economic Opportunity --
The Hazards of Merit --
Chapter 3 – Socio-Economic Class and Mobility --
Measures of Inequality --
A Just Society --
Power, Privilege and Elite Institutions --
A Change in Meritocracy --
Excellence vs. Equality --
Educational Opportunity and Mobility --
Economic Opportunity: Old Ideas, New Ideas --
Different Talents, Different Rewards --
The Role of Government --
Merit and Achievement --
Merit and Human Capital --
Winning at All Costs --
Chapter 4 – Innovation and Human Capital --
Outsourcing Middle-Class Jobs --
The Global Village --
Tech Society, Tech Expertise --
The Role of Innovation --
China and India – and the Future --
The Rise of Asia --
Growing Inequality in America --
Chapter 5 – Beyond Excellence: The Rich, Superrich and the Rest of Us --
The Value of a College Education --
Hard Work, Competition and Free Markets --
Fat Cats: Old Money vs. New Money --
Wealth vs. Work --
Ruling the World --
Hard Times for Labor --
Profits vs. Wages --
Where the U.S. is Heading.
Other Titles: Excellence versus equality
Responsibility: Allan C. Ornstein.

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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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"Excellence vs. Equality challenges us to consider a potential tradeoff between two socially valued goals and the strategies to address them jointly as well as the consequences of failing to do so. Read more...

 
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