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Raymond Callahan's lively study exposes the alarming lengths to which school administrators went, particularly in the period from 1910 to 1930, in sacrificing educational goals to the demands of business procedures. He suggests that even today the question still asked is: "How can we operate our schools?" Society has not yet learned to ask: "How can we provide an excellent education for our children?"

Table of Contents

1. The Prelude 1900-1910

The Schools in a Business Society

Setting the Stage for the Efficiency Expert

2. Reform-Conscious America Discovers the Efficiency Expert

The Principles of Scientific Management

The Mechanisms of Scientific Management 

Schmidt, Pig Iron, and First-Class Men

3. Criticism and Response in the Early Years of the Efficiency Era

Mounting Criticism of Education 1911-13

The Vulnerability of School Administrators

Administrators Respond to the Demands of Efficiency

4. American Educators Apply the Great Panacea

The Dollar as Educational Criterion

Management and the Worker in Education

5. The Educational Efficiency Experts in Action

Efficiency Measures for the Schools

The School Survey

The Unavailing Dissent

6. The "Factory System" in Education—the Platoon School

The Gary Plan and Scientific Management

The New York Story

A Question of Motive

7. Instruction Follows Accounting

Demonstrating Efficiency through Records and Reports

Educational Cost Accounting

The Education Balance Sheet and Child Accounting

Binding Education in Red Tape

8. A New Profession Takes Form

The Captains of Education

The Study of Educational Administration in the Universities

The Education of the School "Executive"

The Insecurity Down Below

Seeking Security Through Professional "Expertness"

The New Profession—the School Executive

9. Efficiency's Progeny

Selling the Schools to the Public

The Educational Service Station

Mass Production in Education

The Descent into Trivia

10. An American Tragedy in Education

The Great Diffusion

America Reaps the Whirlwind

A Look Ahead


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Callahan, Raymond E.
University of Chicago Press
School management and organization
General education.
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7.90x5.44x.63 in. .68 lbs.

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