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Author Ornstein, Allan C.

Title Class counts : education, inequality, and the shrinking middle class / Allan Ornstein.

Published Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (605 pages)
Contents What the book is about -- About the author -- Introduction -- Historical thoughts of equality and inequality -- Personal comments on inequality -- Poverty expressed through the novel -- The subjective valence -- Good morning America! -- Our Western heritage -- The Greeks -- Greek history and philosophy -- Class and culture -- America: the new Athens, the new Rome -- The fall of Rome -- The future of Pax Americana -- Old history lessons -- Current history lessons -- 1776 and beyond: elitist versus enlightened thought -- Revolutionary icons -- Washington: the nation's leader in war and peace -- Adams: not so liberal -- Madison: a Roman form of government -- a republic -- Patrician principles and property rights -- The Tories -- Federalists and Whigs -- The spirit of '76 -- Crossing swords -- Alexander Hamilton: limiting the "mob." -- Thomas Jefferson: natural rights and humanitarianism -- Jefferson and Hamilton yesterday and today -- A final comment -- Patrician influence and social/educational thought -- Worlds apart -- Stretched thin, today -- Economics 101/ education 101 -- The economics of teaching and schooling -- A trip down memory lane -- The promised land -- Pushing ahead -- Geography and "smart" thinking -- Reaffirming the best and brightest -- A change in meritocracy -- Relationship of education to income -- The conservative view -- The liberal view -- A synthesis view -- The call for educational excellence and equity -- Racial and class implications -- What is equality -- The role of education -- Historical perspective -- Educational opportunity -- The winning of the West -- The democratic forces of the West -- Hypothesizing about the past -- The voice of Rousseau -- Shades of blue and gray and black and white -- Social mobility and social structure -- Measures of inequality -- A just society -- Power, privilege, and elite institutions -- A final comment: frankness and fairness -- Education, mobility and the American dream -- Conservative and liberal thoughts concerning class -- The rich and poor -- The new titans and the new workers -- Left behind Americans -- Imbalances of big business -- Changing American society -- Post Sputnik schooling: talent, testing, and tracking -- Equal opportunity -- Conservative and liberal educators -- Supply and demand-and the American dream -- The changing market place -- Mounting debt and declining mobility -- Money and morality -- Worsening gaps between the super rich and non rich -- The declining influence of education -- A final comment -- The golden years are over -- The guilded age -- The triumph of big business -- Engendering the American dream -- The ideal industrial model -- Visions and divisions of reform -- Criticism of corporate industrialism -- A "modest" proposal -- U.S.A. today -- Bundles of money -- The rich get richer -- Lessons to learn -- Oops, a different historical perspective -- Disappearing dollars -- Some oldies and goodies -- Economic bust within an economic boom -- Feed the workers more pork -- Retiring and rethinking college saving plans -- Leaving the old folks behind -- World inequality -- New York City: an electric jolt -- Personal images and interpretations -- Global inequality and instability -- The changing global village -- The shrinking white world -- High-tech vs low-tech nations -- The growing proletariat -- The third world is growing -- Post-modern reality -- The "population bomb" -- Inequality and third-world women -- Energy, earth and the economy -- All roads lead to Washington, D.C -- Disagreement and debate -- The class between belief and unbelief -- Wishful thinking: recommendations and solutions -- Sword fighting between conservatives and liberals -- Seeking a sane policy -- Extreme views -- Tax-cut theorists: differences between the political left and right -- Off center: miles apart -- Finding the center -- Donkeys, elephants, and rich people -- Political lessons to learn -- Dreaming the impossible dream -- Reforming the tax code -- Estate and gifts taxes -- Luxury tax -- Windfall tax -- Focus on fuel -- Focus on essentials -- Free college tuition -- Safety nets stretched thin -- Deficits, debt, and declining benefits -- Social security -- The pension picture -- The health care bubble -- Private health care -- Medicaid -- Medicare -- A personal perspective -- Food for political thought -- Last words.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Class counts. 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.
Subject Social classes -- United States.
Poverty -- United States.
Wealth -- United States.
Education, Higher -- Social aspects -- United States.
Middle class -- United States.
Elite (Social sciences) -- United States.
Power (Social sciences) -- United States.
ISBN 9780742573727 (electronic bk.)
0742573729 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 9780742547414