Dumbing Down Our Kids; Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves but Can't Read, Write, or Add

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Dumbing Down Our Kids is a searing indictment of America's secondary schools-one that every parent and teacher should read.

Dumbing Down Our Kids offers a full-scale investigation of the new educational fad, sometimes called "Outcome Based Education" -the latest in a long series of "reforms" that has eroded our schools.

-Why our kids rank to, or at the bottom of international tests in math and science

-Why "self-esteem" has supplanted grades and genuine achievements

-How the ...

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Overview

Dumbing Down Our Kids is a searing indictment of America's secondary schools-one that every parent and teacher should read.

Dumbing Down Our Kids offers a full-scale investigation of the new educational fad, sometimes called "Outcome Based Education" -the latest in a long series of "reforms" that has eroded our schools.

-Why our kids rank to, or at the bottom of international tests in math and science

-Why "self-esteem" has supplanted grades and genuine achievements

-How the educational establishment lowers standards and quality in our schools-while continuing to raise their budgets and our school taxes

-The dumbing down of the curriculum so everyone can pass-but no one excel

-How parents, students, and teachers can evaluate schools and restore quality learning

From the author of A Nation of Victims and Profscam comes a searing indictment of our nation's secondary schools and how they cheat our children. Sykes offers a full-scale investigation of the latest trend in schooling--sometimes called "Outcome-Based Education"--the most recent and most potentially shocking decline in the basic skills of American students.

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"This intelligent and devastating book...brings together every aspect of the current disaster...all in clear, well-researched detail." —The Boston Globe

"A spirited call-to-arms...Sykes asks brave questions." —Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A scathing critique that grabs America's educational establishment by the scruff and shakes it...Parents and visionary educators, if not educrats, should sit up and take notice." —Kirkus Review

"A very important book." —Washington Post Book World

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sykes argues that educators' emphasis on egalitarianism and building self-esteem have caused an eroding of true learning in the American classroom. Sept.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312148232
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 411,797
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Sykes is the author of three previous books, ProfScam, The Hollow Men, and A Nation of Victims. A journalist who specializes in educational issues, he has written for and is frequently quoted by newspapers including The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on The Today Show, The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder, and NPR's Talk of the Nation to discuss schooling. A senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, Sykes lives with his wife and three children in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Counter point

    Mr. Sykes book is an exact comment on the socio- political failures of public education. Without a doubt, parental involvement and parental education are key factors in student education. However, due to pressure from politicans, uneducated masses, and educators forced to preserve their paychecks like politicans, the educational system has focused on providing self- esteem and personal success over learning. The reliance on diagnosing 70% of all children with a learning disability is often times used as a crutch. Rather than parents enforcing rules and demanding that their child work with the teacher, schools use learning disabilities to defend rude and disorderly students. Principals are afraid to lose their jobs and cannot or will not allow teachers to teach. School board superintendents are afraid to lose their high dollar jobs and prevent principals from enforcing high standards and discipline. Politicans use education as an easy platform to get elected. Usually with no knowledge of how the educational system works, these same politicans place unattainable laws into effect. Every child is not a winner. Just as every athlete cannot play in the NBA. However to set goals and standards in public schools, that educate the masses, that every student is a future Rhodes scholar is unfair and unrealistic. Mr. Skyes is just trying to address this dilema. Instead of setting real attainable goals, schools try to make everybody happy.

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