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The Making of an American High School

The Credentials Market and the Central High School of Philadelphia, 1838-1939


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The Making of an American High School by David F Labaree
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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.
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February 26th, 1992
Country of Publication
United States
Yale University Press
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