Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can't Read, Write, or…

Paperback | September 15, 1996

byCharles J. Sykes

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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 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

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As featured on the Today show, C-Span, and NPR's Talk of the Nation, among others, this searing indictment of America's secondary schools offers a full-scale investigation of the new educational fad, sometimes called "Outcome Based Education"--the latest in a long series of "reforms" which has eroded our schools--which supplants grades...

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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 ran...

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 Sho...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.94 × 6.04 × 0.82 inPublished:September 15, 1996Publisher:St. Martin's Press

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reality check for educators The author, who has dared to contradict many innovations in education, (specifically the OBE syndrome)should be honoured for his courage to prove (based on statistics and real stories), how mediocrity has infused itself into the curriculum of the education system. Instead of applauding and accepting the new philosophies, Sykes had chosen to search and research them carefully, asking pointed questions of educators who have adapted and adopted the new ideas without true, credible and real research. Throughout the book, the author also makes reference to the educational profession of those educators who support the new philosophies of education. And some of it extremely damning! This book should be required reading for any one who intends to become a teacher, who is already a teacher; for all educational administrators, for all professors in education, for all school board and parent board members. Sykes had demanded a reality check for education and educators.
Date published: 2000-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dumbing Down Our Kids As a public school teacher, I am constantly bombarded with the "latest" trends and swings of the pendulum in education. 'Dumbing Down Our Kids' not only gives a well-earned, scathing critique of public education in North America, but also offers realistic and common-sense solutions to many of the problems that plague our schools. Kudos to Charles Sykes for having the foresight and the courage to write this inspirational book.
Date published: 2000-06-16

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From Our Editors

As featured on the Today show, C-Span, and NPR's Talk of the Nation, among others, this searing indictment of America's secondary schools offers a full-scale investigation of the new educational fad, sometimes called "Outcome Based Education"--the latest in a long series of "reforms" which has eroded our schools--which supplants grades and genuine achievements with "self-esteem"

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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