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Inside American Education

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2001

    Time Has Already Told. Sowell Was On The Money.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    A must read! Another example of why Thomas Sowell is such a form

    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!  

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Great book, poorly edited

    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.

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