Nowhere has the flight from quality plaguing American life these days been more obvious than in our primary and secondary schools -- on the whole, the graduates seem less well-read and less well-spoken, less knowledgeable and less able to compute. In this book, Charles Sykes asks why, and lays most of the blame at the feet of the trainers of teachers, the writers of textbooks and the educational policy wonks who influence them. He convincingly shows that in many different school systems, and in many different academic fields, with the help of goofy text-books, watered-down requirements and "recentered" test grade scales, American students have come to value feeling good about a subject over being good in it. Sykes's recommended reforms include abolishing the federal Department of Education and its state counterparts, abolishing undergraduate schools of education, establishing more alternative routes to teacher certification and merit raises for good teachers. Good ideas all -- now if we can only get politicians to put them into action! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Sykes argues that educators' emphasis on egalitarianism and building self-esteem have caused an eroding of true learning in the American classroom.
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This book starts off very dry and throughout the whole book, it goes from interesting to boring. It is an older published book so there are a lot of differences in today's world... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Code-Alpha
I'm a teaching Asst.at a high risk school. This book hits the mark concerning the enablement of the students to "feel good" about themselves at the expense of any knowledge... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brad Byers
While this was a good read and had a few new insights that some might have seen before. Mr. Sykes did not back up what he wrote. He had no references. Read morePublished 13 months ago by LadyCatherine