Includes bibliographical references (p. 134-138) and index.
1. Introduction 2. Belling the Ring 3. Worthlessness as Social Ideology 4. The Answer of Meritocracy 5. The Folly of Excellence 6. The Loss of Responsibility 7. The Problem of Worthlessness 8. The Difficulty of an Alternative.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
This book critically examines the socio-cultural role of achievement within education, arguing that the increasingly global demand for measurable standards of academic achievement is an expression of political ideology and the aggressive, competitive reality of a neo-capitalist schooling system. The book explores how this burgeoning demand in education systems contrasts with the very foundations of education and educational common-sense, which should value achievement as a basis for developing a positive sense of worth for all students and for nurturing their potential. Instead, these systems are structured by consumerism, exploitation and marginalization, breeding a social-Darwinian atmosphere within school environments that results in many students feeling socially worthless and as though they have under-achieved. (source: Nielsen Book Data)