Excellent Sheep

Excellent Sheep

The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to A Meaningful Life

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A groundbreaking manifesto for people searching for the kind of insight on leading, thinking, and living that elite schools should be?but aren?t?providing. As a professor at Yale, Bill Deresiewicz saw something that troubled him deeply. His students, some of the nation?s brightest minds, were adrift when it came to the big questions: how to think critically and creatively, and how to find a sense of purpose. Excellent Sheep takes a sharp look at the high-pressure conveyor belt that begins with parents and counselors who demand perfect grades and culminates in the skewed applications Deresiewicz saw firsthand as a member of Yale?s admissions committee. As schools shift focus from the humanities to "practical" subjects like economics and computer science, students are losing the ability to think in innovative ways. Deresiewicz explains how college should be a time for self-discovery, when students can establish their own values and measures of success, so they can forge their own path. He addresses parents, students, educators, and anyone who's interested in the direction of American society, featuring quotes from real students and graduates he has corresponded with over the years, candidly exposing where the system is broken and clearly presenting solutions.
Publisher: New York, NY : Free Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9781476702735
147670273X
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Xcellent sheep

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TippyCanoeGal
Oct 27, 2014

I have not yet read this book, but I heard a long interview with the author and I find his argument compelling. We spent time at Yale and when it came time to send our own child to college, we steered him away from the Ivies and from the huge state universities (where these days, most undergraduate courses are taught by grad students or underpaid adjunct faculty) and straight towards the many small liberal arts campuses that treat their students as individuals and provide excellent mentorship for undergrads (as far as I am concerned, the Ivies are best at graduate study). Another excellent book for parents and high school students is "Colleges that Change Lives."

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StarGladiator
Oct 02, 2014

A silly, silly book, although I agree with the overall ideas and opinions of the author, the point of Yale, Harvard, Princeton, et cetera, is indeed a criminal system to turn out future criminals and their lackeys. As Gerard Celente phrases it: /// The trouble with America is bullets, bombs, banks, Harvard, Princeton and Yale! \\\ It is the super-criminals' comparable training system, much in the way baseball and football have their minor leagues, some eventually moving up to the majors. The author appears not to grasp the system. If I ever run into an honest Harvard grad, this author will be the first to know it!

Sayford Aug 23, 2014

the problem with the book is that the author believes that everybody has his values HYP,etc current grads value making a-lot of money in investment banking,etc is what motivates them,the author doesn't understand this,they don't want to be poets...

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