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The Making of an American High School: The Credentials Market and the Central High School of Philadelphia, 1838-1939

 
 
 
 
The Making of an American High School: The Credentials Market and the Central High School of Philadelphia, 1838-1939
Author: David F. Labaree
ISBN 13: 9780300054699
ISBN 10: 300054696
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 1992-01-29
Format: Paperback
Pages: 222
List Price: $24.00
 
 

This prize-winning book analyzes the origins and development of the first public high school in Philadelphia, which became a model for secondary schools elsewhere. Using Central High School as a case study, Labaree argues that the American public high school is the product of the struggle between egalitarianism and meritocracy that is endemic to a democratic society. Winner of the History of Education Society's Outstanding Book Award and co-winner of the American Educational Research Association's Outstanding Book Award.