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Successful Failure : The School America Builds - Herne Varenne

Successful Failure

The School America Builds

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Published: 5th February 1999
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In this controversial work, Herve Varenne and Ray McDermott explore education as cultural phenomenon--a construct of artifice and reality we impose upon ourselves. The authors discuss in five case studies how the American education system defines and measures success and failure, why there is polarization between suburban schools and urban schools, and what about our system leads us to focus on the negative. Their exploration focuses not on the people or the activities of the system, but on the institutions themselves: who decided what was a success or failure? How was the identification done, and with what consequences?This important and timely book is a must-read for anyone interested in educational reform, the American educational system, and the anthropology of education.

List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
The Makings of Some Educational Facts
Adam, Adam, Adam, and Adam: The Cultural Construction of a Learning Disabilityp. 25
The Farrells and the Kinneys at Home: Literacies in Actionp. 45
The Voice of the Choir, the Voices in the Choirp. 63
Joint Action on the Wild Side of Manhattanp. 86
Racing in Placep. 106
Education and the Making of Cultural Facts
Disability as a Cultural Factp. 131
Ways with Theoretical Wordsp. 157
Local Constructions of Educational Factsp. 183
Conclusion: Beyond Explaining Why
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index
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ISBN: 9780813391298
ISBN-10: 0813391296
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 283
Published: 5th February 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 15.04  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1