Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pg. 99: David P. Baker's "The Schooled Society"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: The Schooled Society: The Educational Transformation of Global Culture by David P. Baker.

About the book, from the publisher:
Only 150 years ago, the majority of the world's population was largely illiterate. Today, not only do most people over fifteen have basic reading and writing skills, but 20 percent of the population attends some form of higher education. What are the effects of such radical, large-scale change? David Baker argues that the education revolution has transformed our world into a schooled society—that is, a society that is actively created and defined by education.

Drawing on neo-institutionalism, The Schooled Society shows how mass education interjects itself and its ideologies into culture at large: from the dynamics of social mobility, to how we measure intelligence, to the values we promote. The proposition that education is a primary rather than a "reactive" institution is then tested by examining the degree to which education has influenced other large-scale social forces, such as the economy, politics, and religion. Rich, groundbreaking, and globally-oriented, The Schooled Society sheds light on how mass education has dramatically altered the face of society and human life.
Learn more about The Schooled Society at the Stanford University Press website and David Baker's research website.

The Page 99 Test: The Schooled Society.

--Marshal Zeringue