Dumbing Down Our Kids
Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves But Can't Read, Write, or Add
By Charles J. Sykes
St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, 9780312148232, 352pp.
Publication Date: September 1996
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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.
"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