Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-299) and index.
Introduction : the false prophet of self-esteem -- Part I. Creating a culture of therapy : how we got here from there. What is school for, anyway? -- Inside the ed school : the politics of teacher education -- What's so progressive about this : child-centered education and the transformation of the American public school -- Part II. Therapy nation : culture and schooling in contemporary America. The rake's progress : self-esteem takes over -- Nothing more than feelings : the naked truth about self-esteem -- Practicing self-esteem : magic, myths, and masquerades -- Part III. Fighting back : challenging the consequences of self-esteem. Too many degrees of separation : self-esteem and the death of community -- The return of ethics in education : answering emotivism -- Back to the future : from cynicism to skepticism and hope -- Epilogue : education for a new millennium.