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Class Dismissed: Why We Cannot Teach or Learn Our Way Out of Inequality Paperback – July 1, 2011
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About the Author
John Marsh is associate professor of English at Penn State University. He is the author of two previous books: Class Dismissed: Why We Cannot Teach or Learn Our Way out of Inequality and Hog Butchers, Beggars, and Busboys: Poverty, Labor, and the Making of Modern American Poetry. Marsh is also the editor of You Work Tomorrow: An Anthology of American Labor Poetry, 1929-1941. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife and daughter.
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Top Customer Reviews
This much is true. Americans with bachelor's degrees and up earn higher pay than high school grads. Yet a third of the future jobs stateside created in the next 10 years, will require, at most, no more than a 12th-grade education. Meanwhile, US income inequality and poverty has been rising over the past three decades. Why has and does education bear the burden that it does for what ails the nation's populace?
In Class Dismissed: Why We Cannot Teach or Learn Our Way Out of Inequality, author John Marsh tackles the education premium and related issues of schools and social structure.
His thesis is simple. Marsh argues against the conventional wisdom, from the handmaidens of Wall Street on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to the statehouses and city halls across the US, of education ruling policy discussions about addressing inequality and poverty.
In short, Marsh's narrative is that elected lawmakers can and should do more than repeat the tired and tiring line that education is the only path to prosperity. The rub is that common people must organize to open up new paths.
Well, what's happening abroad? Marsh looks at policies of other industrialized countries. He shows how such societies do progressive social policy. They pay to improve low- and mid-income people's lives. Why the unwillingness to do so in the US?
The power of the working class, notably organized labor, to set the policy agenda is weak. Case in point, as Marsh writes, is the failure of the House of Labor to advance the Employee Free Choice Act boosting workers' opportunities to form unions and bargain first contracts with employers, when Democrats controlled the White House and Congress!Read more ›
In Class Dismissed, Marsh ranges with clear, precise, non-jargonistic prose over the central political dilemma of our time - the failures of our inherited supersystem to provide a decent society. The one sacrosanct answer to the myriad problems of our times has come to be viewed as "education," leaving the field clear for complete avoidance of jobs, taxation, legal restriction of corporate plunder, political corruption, anything of actual relevance to social reality.
Marsh is fearless, or almost fearless, in questioning this sacred cow of higher education, providing evocative history in palatable doses, of Carnegie and Nixon, Jencks and Reagan. Higher education has become a trillion-dollar credential mill, a joke for comedians (Kyle Kinane: College has become like high school - just parties and stupidity. Grad school starts where college should have started), and books like Hacker and Dreifus's Higher Ed? do an adequate job exposing the truth, but Marsh is the best at chosing his research topics and writing well about the on-going fraud. Of course, Marsh's choice of target for his skepticism means professional ignominy, but this book will endure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Marsh argues that we cannot educate our way out of poverty as we will continue to have millions of low-wage jobs that don't require college degrees. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jon Schmidt
Well researched and written, this book should stimulate important thinking about our expectations about schools.Published 18 months ago by Bruce Lindgren
Had to get this book for a class, and it is well written and brings some interesting points to the table regarding the American education system and poverty. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Claire H.
John Marsh, an English professor teaching the literature he loves, wraps his brain around economics and politics and explicates both clearly and forcefully to substantiate his... Read morePublished on November 28, 2013 by BookLook
John Marsh has a very interesting perspective of the issue of poverty in the United States. Why do we put so much emphases on education to fix poverty and inequality? Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Tony
i haven't read it yet. but it's a new. no bents. i hope to read it over the summer along with all the others.Published on January 24, 2013 by Pheng Khang
The most impacting way out of poverty is to get married and stay married. Single moms in America have an average income of $24,000 vs. $60,000 for those who are married. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Angelo Mysterioso