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By Ivor F. Goodson

College matters and the way they're seen and situated inside of schooling is the point of interest of this article. It argues that, as a part of rethinking the complete tuition curriculum, there was a failure to examine the ancient and social heritage of college matters.

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In the next chapter we shall go beyond the differentiation of the ‘academic’ and ‘practical’ curriculum and examine how the contest over differentiation becomes internalized within subjects. Reflections and Issues 1 In terms of the subject(s) you currently teach (or are most familiar with), do you consider that a hierarchy exists? What examples can you offer to support or refute the claim that a hierarchy of subjects operates in most schools? 2 To what extent did the establishing of comprehensive schools in England and in the USA effect differentiation?

Labaree, 1987, p. 10) In this manner the common school pattern was combined with market and class exclusiveness: a historic compromise of sorts (and one which arguably had plagued American schooling ever since). Central managed to preserve much of its distinctiveness and autonomy in the era of the comprehensive high school. It isolated the newly introduced mechanical and industrial courses in separate buildings and elevated the mechanical and commercial tracks into college preparatory programs (engineering and business respectively).

Academic qualifications and examination results were not then the primary concern of the school for the goal of the school and its pupils was not an academic or professional career but a secure job in local industry. The school was used as a jumping-off place, one of higher status than the ordinary or higher elementary school, from which it was possible to obtain the best clerical, commercial, technical and trade apprenticeships in local industry. For this purpose a two-year course was often as good as a threeyear course.

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