ERIC Number: ED498282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
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Class Counts: Education, Inequality, and the Shrinking Middle Class
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Class differences and class warfare have existed since the beginning of western civilization, but the gap in income and wealth between the rich (top 10 percent) and the rest has increased steadily in the last twenty-five years. The U.S. is heading for a financial oligarchy much worse than the aristocratic old world that our Founding Fathers feared and tried to avoid. The middle class is struggling and shrinking, the Medicare and Social Security trusts are drying up, and education is no longer the great equalizer. A moral society, one that is fair and just, sets limits on the accumulation of wealth and inherited privilege and also guarantees a safety net for the less fortunate. This book describes the need for a redistribution of wealth in order to make U.S. society more democratic, fair and just, and outlines the ways in which we can begin to make these very necessary changes. This is a timely and powerful book, one that should be read by anyone interested in preserving the social fabric of American life. Eight chapters are presented: (1) Historical Thoughts of Equality and Inequality; (2) 1776 and Beyond: Elitist versus Enlightened Thought; (3) Patrician Influence and Social/Educational Thought; (4) What Is Equality?; (5) Education and Mobility and the American Dream; (6) The Golden Years Are Over; (7) World Inequality; and (8) Wishful Thinking: Recommendations and Solutions.
Descriptors: Middle Class, Democratic Values, Western Civilization, United States History, Educational Environment, Educational Philosophy, Educational History, Equal Education, Social Differences, World Problems, Social Change, Role of Education, Socioeconomic Status, Social Mobility, Economic Climate, Quality of Life, Sociocultural Patterns, Intellectual History, Social History
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