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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Description

"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.




About the Author
Charles J. Sykes is senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute and a talk show host at WTMJ radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has written for "The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal", and "USA Today" and is the author of "A Nation of Victims, Dumbing Down Our Kids, Profscam, The Hollow Men, The End of Privacy", and "50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School".



Praise For Dumbing Down Our Kids

"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

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