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It’s an irony so commonplace it’s become almost trite: despite the information superhighway, despite a world of knowledge at their fingertips, the younger generation today is less informed, less literate, and more self-absorbed than any that has preceded it. But why? According to the author, an English professor at Emory University, there are plenty of reasons. The immediacy and intimacy of social-networking sites have focused young people’s Internet use on themselves and their friends. The material they’re studying in school (such as the Civil War or The Great Gatsby) seems boring because it isn’t happening right this second and isn’t about them. They’re using the Internet not as a learning tool but as a communications tool: instant messaging, e-mail, chat, blogs. And the language of Internet communication, with its peculiar spelling, grammar, and punctuation, actually encourages illiteracy by making it socially acceptable. It wouldn’t be going too far to call this book the Why Johnny Can’t Read for the digital age. Some will disagree vehemently; others will nod sagely, muttering that they knew it all along. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"If you're the parent of someone under 20 and read only one non-fiction book this fall, make it this one. Bauerlein's simple but jarring thesis is that technology and the digital culture it has created are not broadening the horizon of the younger generation; they are narrowing it to a self-absorbed social universe that blocks out virtually everything else."
-Don Campbell, USA Today
"An urgent and pragmatic book on the very dark topic of the virtual end of reading among the young."
"Never have American students had it so easy, and never have they achieved less. . . . Mr. Bauerlein delivers this bad news in a surprisingly brisk and engaging fashion, blowing holes in a lot of conventional educational wisdom."
-Charles McGrath, The New York Times
"It wouldn't be going too far to call this book the Why Johnny Can't Read for the digital age."
"Throughout The Dumbest Generation, there are . . . keen insights into how the new digital world really is changing the way young people engage with information and the obstacles they face in integrating any of it meaningfully. These are insights that educators, parents, and other adults ignore at their peril."
-Lee Drutman, Los Angeles Times
Thinking that most university professors are political liberals, it was very refreshing to read this condemnation of the education scene by professor Mark Bauerlein. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Robert V. Rose, retired education researcher
Must read. Explains so much. An early warning of what's to come. And it's not pretty.Published 1 month ago by R.J. Hofbauer
Bauerlein's book addresses the totality of the issue i.e., that students have more CHARACTER defects and this is only adding to their accumulated intellectual deficits. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eleuthero
Can I give it a lower rating? This is a prime example of "back in my day syndrome", while we millennials (I hate that monicker and the concept of generational differences all... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Zachary D. Miner
Read it for reading's sake. The writing is superb, and the points the author touches upon are convincing; not solely achieved via stunning eloquence, but through sheer... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mimi Nguyen Ly
"Dumbest Generation"? Frankly, I'd sooner call the dumbest generations those that invented and accepted nuclear weapons, who created 100,000 synthetic chemicals that now... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joseph Moncarz