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Successful Failure

The School America Builds, 1st Edition

By Herve Varenne

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In this controversial work, Herv Varenne and Ray McDermott explore education as cultural phenomenona construct of artifice and reality we impose upon ourselves. Questioning how the American education system defines and measures success and failure, Successful Failure is a must-read for anyone interested in educational reform, the American educational system, and the anthropology of education. }In this controversial work, Herv Varenne and Ray McDermott explore education as cultural phenomenona 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.

Table of Contents

Preface -- Introduction -- The Makings of Some Educational Facts -- Adam, Adam, Adam, and Adam: The Cultural Construction of a Learning Disability -- The Farrells and the Kinneys at Home: Literacies in Action -- The Voice of the Choir, the Voices in the Choir -- Joint Action on the Wild Side of Manhattan -- Racing in Place -- Education and the Making of Cultural Facts -- Disability as a Cultural Fact -- Ways with Theoretical Words -- Local Constructions of Educational Facts -- Conclusion: Beyond Explaining Why -- Appendix A -- Appendix B -- Appendix C

About the Author

Varenne, Herne | Mcdermott, Ray

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General