Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work

Jean Anyon; Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work; In Journal of Education, Vol. 162, No. 1; 1980-Fall.
Anyon is (was) the chairperson of the Department of Education at Rutgers University, Newark


It’s no surprise that schools in wealthy communities are better than those in poor communities, or that they better prepare their students for desirable jobs. It may be shocking, however, to learn how vast the differences in schools are – not so much in resources as in teaching methods and philosophies of education. Jean Anyon observed five elementary schools over the course of a full school year and concluded that fifth-graders of different economic backgrounds are already being prepared to occupy particular rungs on the social ladder. In a sense, some whole schools are on the vocational education track, while others are geared to produce future doctors, lawyers, and business leaders. Anyon’s main audience is professional educators, so you may find her style and vocabulary challenging, but, once you’ve read her descriptions of specific classroom activities, the more analytic parts of the essay should prove easier to understand.


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Personal Data Project at the World Economic Forum

Rethinking Personal Data
Rethinking Personal Data Project

Unlocking the Value of Personal Data: From Collection to Usage; 2013-02; 36 pages; landing.

Annual Meeting of the New Champions: Unlocking the Value of Data; Conference Summary; Tianjin, CN; 2012-09-12; 6 pages; landing.

Unlocking the Economic Value of Personal Data: Balancing Growth and Protection; Workshop Summary; Brussels, BE; 2012-10-08; 14 pages.

Rethinking Personal Data: Strengthening Trust; 2012-05-14; 36 pages; landing.

Personal Data: The Emergence of a New Asset Class; 2011-02-17; 40 pages; landing.

Susan Patton, and then came the blowback and forth, and forth and back

After Ms. Patton’s outburst, the chattering classes are still going at it … months later … In fact the mommy track concept has been up for ping-pong debate for more than half a decade now … in fact one can say that this subject is evergreen …

In archaeological order (original at the bottom)


Original Trigger

Susan Patton; Advice for the young women of Princeton: the daughters I never had; letter to the editor of the Daily Princetonian; 2013-03-29; landing.

The Previous Generation

  • ; Marry Him!; In The Atlantic; 2008-03-01; 5800 words (very long)
    Teaser: The case for settling for Mr. Good Enough

    • Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women, a book, 2007.
    • Men Are Like Fish: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Catching a Man
    • Find a Husband After 35 Using What I Learned at Harvard Business School.
    • Mikki Morrissette; Choosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Woman’s Guide,

Vance Oakley Packard


  • 1946 How to Pick a Mate, with Clifford Adams
  • 1950 Animal IQ
  • 1957 The Hidden Persuaders
    On advertising.
  • 1959 The Status Seekers
    On social stratification and class-based behavior.
  • 1960 The Waste Makers
    On planned obsolescence.
  • 1962 The Pyramid Climbers
    On middle managers and conformity.
  • 1964 The Naked Society
    On privacy, surveillance and its influence on behavior.
  • 1968 The Sexual Wilderness
    On the Sexual Revolution
  • 1972 A Nation of Strangers
    The attrition of communal structure through frequent geographical transfers of corporate executives
  • 1977 The People Shapers
    On psychological & biological experimentation to manipulate human behavior.
  • 1983 Our Endangered Children
    The preoccupation with money, power, status, and sex, ignores future generations.
  • 1989 The Ultra Rich: How Much Is Too Much?
    The lives of thirty American multimillionaires.

Source: Jimi Wales’ Wiki

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