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Schooling, childhood, and bureaucracy : bureaucratizing the child

Publication Type:

Book

Authors:

Waters,Tony

Source:

Palgrave Macmillan, Volume 1st, New York, NY, p.255 (2012)

Call Number:

Cubb LC191.4 .W38 2012

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/9746481

Keywords:

Bureaucracy--United States, Child development--United States, Education--Aims and objectives--United States, Education--Social aspects--United States, Public schools--United States

Abstract:

Summary: "This book is about how modern American childhood is shaped by the bureaucratic tools including mass testing, child psychology, and the status hiearchies. This happens in a world where there is an emotional attachment to children in which no child can be left behind, even as the bureaucracies pragmatically sort through individuals of differing abilities. The result is childhoods shaped to meet competing American ideals for individualism, egalitarianism, and utililitarianism. The result is a conservative bureaucratic dance which resembles a game of rochambo, as individualism is trumped by egalitarianism, utilitarianism by individualism, and utilitarianism by egalitarianism"-- Provided by publisher.

Publication Language:

eng