Inside American Education

Inside American Education

by Thomas Sowell

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An indictment of the American educational system criticizes the fact that the system has discarded the traditional goals of transmitting knowledge and fostering cognitive skills in favor of building self-esteem and promoting social harmony.

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ISBN-13: 9781439107621
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/11/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 720,770
File size: 2 MB

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Inside American Education 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of a decade has past since Thomas Sowell wrote this book, and he has once again been shown to have been a prescient observer of the lunacies to which we have become subject. Despite a few hopeful signs, little has changed in American education since 1993, and much of that for the worse. Nobody who is familiar with the academic scene today will find anything surprising in this book. Colleges and universities are still dominated by craven administrators and irresponsible and self-serving faculties. Students and parents are still subjected to patently deceptive practices that would never be accepted in commercial transactions. Tuition prices are fixed based on the data collected under the pretence of helping students qualifiy for financial aid. Worst of all, what used to pass for education (and still does in the many parts of the world where students actually acquire educations) has been almost totally replaced with indoctrination in currently fashionable ideologies and 'Dr. Feel-good-ism.' (As Sowell puts it, 'Johnny can't think.') Colleges of Education still continue to pump huge volumes of nonsense into the weak minds that enroll there, while the teachers' unions protect themselves by lobbying legislatures to uphold legal requirements for Bulletin Board Planning 101 and Advanced Barbie Doll Philosophy in order for teachers to be licensed. If you want to know why your children are finishing public school and even college without the ability to formulate a coherent thought, Thomas Sowell explains it very accurately and very thoughtfully in terms of the incentives built into the institutions that we have created. It is at least encouraging to know that we can still produce minds like Sowell's to dissect the problems so deftly.
Bret Callentine More than 1 year ago
Once again, Sowell delivers a solid arguement. Fans of his other books will not be disappointed by this one. However, for some reason, the e-book version I purchased seemed to have been edited by blind monkeys. There are so many typos and visual layout problems that it becomes difficult to read, which, for the work that the author does to make his message understandable to all, makes this version a crime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read! Another example of why Thomas Sowell is such a formidable adversary of Leftist elites! I highly recommend this volume for the  weight of its ideological analysis  as it tears through the rot of whats become a destructive and pernicious education system!  
kkirkhoff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although I don't remember specifics about this book, I do remember it being a fascinating breakdown on what has gone wrong with our education system. It's broken down into 3 parts. The first part (elementary schools) discusses the brainwashing of children and the promoting of the education system's ideologies at the expense of parental ideologies. The second part (colleges and universities) deals with admissions criteria, "preachy" professors, double standards, and athletics. The third section is an assessment of where we are heading and what we can do about it.My only criticism (of myself rather than the author) is that Sowell writes over my head. I have three of his other books (The Vision of the Anointed, The Quest For Cosmic Justice) that I couldn't finish because they were too difficult to understand. I find myself reading sentences and paragraphs several times because I hadn't the faintest idea what he was talking about. What can I say, I like conversational writing as opposed to a master's thesis.
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