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1922. Sinclair, American novelist, essayist, playwright, and short story writer, whose works reflected his socialistic views. Among his most famous books is The Jungle, which launched a government investigation of the meatpacking plants of Chicago, and changed the food laws of America. In this volume the author lays out the facts on the current state of American Education. 1922. Sinclair, American novelist, essayist, playwright, and short story writer, whose works reflected his socialistic views. Among his most famous books is The Jungle, which launched a government investigation of the meatpacking plants of Chicago, and changed the food laws of America. In this volume the author lays out the facts on the current state of American Education. Sinclair writes in the introduction: What is the so-called higher education of these United States? You have taken it, for the most part, on faith. It is something which has come to be; it is big and impressive, and you are impressed. Every year you pay a hundred million dollars of public funds to help maintain it, and half that amount in tuition fees for your sons and daughters. You take it for granted that this money is honestly and wisely used; that the students are getting the best, the highest education the money can buy. Suppose I were to tell you that this educational machine has been stolen? That a bandit crew have got hold of it and have set it to work, not for your benefit, nor the benefit of your sons and daughters, but for ends very far from these? That our six hundred thousand young people are being taught, deliberately and of set purpose, not wisdom but folly, not justice but greed, not freedom but slavery, not love but hate? See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.


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1922. Sinclair, American novelist, essayist, playwright, and short story writer, whose works reflected his socialistic views. Among his most famous books is The Jungle, which launched a government investigation of the meatpacking plants of Chicago, and changed the food laws of America. In this volume the author lays out the facts on the current state of American Education. 1922. Sinclair, American novelist, essayist, playwright, and short story writer, whose works reflected his socialistic views. Among his most famous books is The Jungle, which launched a government investigation of the meatpacking plants of Chicago, and changed the food laws of America. In this volume the author lays out the facts on the current state of American Education. Sinclair writes in the introduction: What is the so-called higher education of these United States? You have taken it, for the most part, on faith. It is something which has come to be; it is big and impressive, and you are impressed. Every year you pay a hundred million dollars of public funds to help maintain it, and half that amount in tuition fees for your sons and daughters. You take it for granted that this money is honestly and wisely used; that the students are getting the best, the highest education the money can buy. Suppose I were to tell you that this educational machine has been stolen? That a bandit crew have got hold of it and have set it to work, not for your benefit, nor the benefit of your sons and daughters, but for ends very far from these? That our six hundred thousand young people are being taught, deliberately and of set purpose, not wisdom but folly, not justice but greed, not freedom but slavery, not love but hate? See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

35 review for The Goose Step: A Study of American Education

  1. 5 out of 5

    Corbin Routier

    "Our educational system is not a public service, but an instrument of special privilege; its purpose is not to further the welfare of mankind, but merely to keep America Capitalist. To establish this thesis is the purpose of 'The Goose Step'" -Upton Sinclair This is the first book of his that I really disliked his thesis. I believe it much more accurate to say that access to education, as an obstacle towards achieving wealth and power, is a structure of a class system and has its intention of main "Our educational system is not a public service, but an instrument of special privilege; its purpose is not to further the welfare of mankind, but merely to keep America Capitalist. To establish this thesis is the purpose of 'The Goose Step'" -Upton Sinclair This is the first book of his that I really disliked his thesis. I believe it much more accurate to say that access to education, as an obstacle towards achieving wealth and power, is a structure of a class system and has its intention of maintaining that system. That the current system favors Capitalism is only a detail. Communists favor communism, fascists favor fascism, and capitalists favor capitalism. It's not a surprise. I almost gave this book three stars. If instead you look at his writing from a different perspective (such as the one I supplied) it is a little more bearable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    JMB

    Possibly a tad bit over-stated, but this work seems to me a pretty accurate (& bitingly funny) picture of American society & higher education. It was written in one gilded age, but Sinclair's arguments apply to conditions in this current gilded age, as well. Possibly a tad bit over-stated, but this work seems to me a pretty accurate (& bitingly funny) picture of American society & higher education. It was written in one gilded age, but Sinclair's arguments apply to conditions in this current gilded age, as well.

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