Lies, Damned Lies, and College Admissions: An Inquiry into Education [NOOK Book]

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Every year, Ivy League colleges tell prospective students that, "Here, you learn even more from other students than you do from your classes." What if that were just a roundabout way to say, "Our teaching is pretty mediocre "?
What if, in addition to providing mediocre teaching, colleges were extracting exorbitant sums of money from ...
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Lies, Damned Lies, and College Admissions: An Inquiry into Education

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Overview

Every year, Ivy League colleges tell prospective students that, "Here, you learn even more from other students than you do from your classes." What if that were just a roundabout way to say, "Our teaching is pretty mediocre "?
What if, in addition to providing mediocre teaching, colleges were extracting exorbitant sums of money from students, their families, and American taxpayers?

What if the college admissions process had transformed high school education into a series of pointless hoops for students to jump through?

What if some of the most successful people in America had never gone to college? What if that were not just a coincidence, and their refusals to participate in a disempowering educational system had caused their successes?

What if the very thing that American students work so hard for, that American families save for, that American taxpayers subsidize, is not only overpriced, but actually harmful?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980144642
  • Publisher: Roland Media Distribution
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,177,431
  • File size: 437 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    We all know that the education system is "broken," and

    We all know that the education system is "broken," and current trends (paired with budget woes) are leaving many students with a bare-bones curriculum that teaches only subjects deemed as "necessities." Vohra tears into the assumption that focusing on just a few skills equals a good education, and promotes a more holistic approach that allows students to think for themselves instead of becoming cogs in a wheel.




    Instead of churning out "drones" that can competently -- but not skillfully -- perform cookie-cutter tasks, this book suggests that schools teach analytical skills and encourage students to better understand the world. And I agree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    It explores the myths, "secrets", out right lies, and

    It explores the myths, "secrets", out right lies, and the very profitable business of getting into college.
    This book was an eye-opener, exploring various fallacies and misconceptions associated with the college
    admissions process. Written with clarity and wit, the author paints a clear and surprising picture of the "tricks"
    to get into a "good" school, what measures that many wealthy people take to make sure that their children are admitted,
    and what quality of education (vs. perceived quality) you/your child really receives in college. This book keeps your attention
    by revealing facts, statistics, and scenarios relevant to anyone who is going to college or have a child that will be entering
    college in the future. On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this book a 5. It was one of kind and very informative!

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