By W. Norton Grubb
"In this hard-hitting background of ""the gospel of education,"" W. Norton Grubb and Marvin Lazerson show the attract, and the fallacy, of the longstanding American religion that extra education for extra humans is the therapy for all our social and fiscal problems--and that the valuable function of schooling is office guidance. yet do expanding degrees of schooling appropriately signify the calls for of ultra-modern jobs? Grubb and Lazerson argue that the talents built in faculties and universities and the expertise required in paintings are frequently mismatched--since many american citizens are under-educated for critical paintings whereas not less than a 3rd are over-educated for the roles they carry. the continued race for private development and the focal point on employee education have squeezed out civic schooling and studying for its personal sake. ironically, the focal point on education as a mechanism of fairness has strengthened social inequality. The problem now, the authors convey, is to create environments for studying that include either fiscal and civic targets, and to avoid the additional descent of schooling right into a preoccupation with slender paintings abilities and empty credentials."
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Out of concerns ranging from "a rising tide of mediocrity" to violence in the schools, secondary schools have become the center of reform efforts. Policy makers focus on imposing higher academic standards, while large numbers of students regard high school as a necessary evil-necessary for individual advancement but intrinsically dreary. In the absence of a serious job market for their graduates, high schools primarily function as a transmission belt to college or simply as a warehouse for keeping young people off the streets until they leave school.
B. Du Bois turned on whether vocational education would teach honesty, persistence, and industriousness "to the downtrodden child of ignorance, shiftlessness, and moral weakness," as Washington declaimed, or would instead prevent black students from learning the professional skills necessary for economic success in an advanced industrial economy, as Du Bois feared. " A different kind of dissent, as evident in the early twentieth century as in the twenty-first, has noted that change never takes place as swiftly as advocates of the Education Gospel claim.
Chapter 6 discusses one of the basic promises of vocationalism and the Education Gospel-that more schooling will enhance employment, earnings, and status for individuals, as well as enhance economic growth and stability for society as a whole. Contrary to the attempt to balance private and public interests in the Education Gospel, we find that private benefits have dominated public benefits. In Chapter 7 we look at another enduring promise of vocationalism: that vocational education will prepare individuals for work better than preparation at work itself would.
The Education Gospel: The Economic Power of Schooling by W. Norton Grubb