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Inside American Education

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Thomas Sowell argues that the educational establishment of the United States - a vast tax-supported empire existing quasi-independently within American society - is morally and intellectually bankrupt. He suggests in a top-to-bottom tour of the mismanaged insitutions, cynical leadership and tendentious programmes of American education, that deceptions and dogmas have conce ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 2nd 1992 by Free Press
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Nov 27, 2010 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Another solid effort by T Money Sowell. This is a fascinating glimpse inside the problems of education in public schools as well as public and private universities. Tread carefully; the inside is a nauseating place.

A disturbing trend in today’s society is that analysts and the general public will look at something that is not a free market, assume it is a free market, and then blame free market principles for the shortcomings of the system. Sowell shows how many of the institutional problems tha
Jarrod Jenkins
Nov 20, 2008 Jarrod Jenkins rated it really liked it
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Another example of the problem with liberalism. A government monopoly run by a union of government employees with no incentives to innovate or succeed results in failure. American education has declined since the 1960s when Libs hijacked it. Money is not the problem for at least three reasons. First, the money spent does not actually improve student learning. Second, real spending (meaning inflation-adjusted dollars) has increased somewhere between 3 and 8 times what it was 50 years ago with no ...more
Jun 09, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
Thomas Sowell presents clear, commonsense arguments for why American public education at all levels has gone down the toilet in recent years. He spends far more time then I would have liked discussing higher education, but the chapters on K-12 are particularly good. When my child enters school in a few years, you can bet I'll know exactly what's going on in my kid's classroom. At the end, Sowell discusses ways to improve education at all levels, including the inane bureaucracy that rewards senio ...more
Jan 09, 2010 Matt rated it it was amazing
Devastating examination of the American educational system. Teacher's unions (and some individual party-line teachers) hate this book, and politicians ignore it, but everyone who cares about future generations should give this book a read. This book was one of the nails in the coffin of our kid's public school education. We now home-school.
Jan 23, 2014 Gavin rated it really liked it
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Recommended to anyone interested in a very clear and consice explanation of the state of American Education—filled with facts and information that supports Sowell's analysis.
Lucy Chronicles
Sep 24, 2013 Lucy Chronicles rated it really liked it
Damning and the book is now almost 20 years old. Anyone who has spent time in the bowels of graduate school will sadly appreciate this work.
Mark Geise
May 15, 2016 Mark Geise rated it it was amazing
As with every Thomas Sowell book I have ever read, I thoroughly enjoyed “Inside American Education.” Sowell does a great job at dismantling the anti-intellectual trends among American educators. He looks at both universities and America’s public school system, making clear that the issues plaguing both are interrelated and have similar causes. The educational system in the United States has suffered from insularism, anti-intellectualism, and a lack of accountability. “Inside American Education” ...more
Kevin Kirkhoff
Dec 24, 2013 Kevin Kirkhoff rated it liked it
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Although I don't remember specifics about this book, I do remember it being a fascinating breakdown on what has gone wrong with our education system. It's broken down into 3 parts. The first part (elementary schools) discusses the brainwashing of children and the promoting of the education system's ideologies at the expense of parental ideologies. The second part (colleges and universities) deals with admissions criteria, "preachy" professors, double standards, and athletics. The third section i ...more
Skylar Burris
Apr 05, 2010 Skylar Burris rated it really liked it
This is one of the better American education doomsday books I have read. Sowell covers an extraordinary amount of ground, in reasonable detail, in less than 400 pages. He can do so because, unlike most books of this kind, Inside American Education is well organized and succinct. Sowell address elementary, secondary, and college education, with an emphasis on the latter. He is well suited to write about problems with higher education, being an economist, sociologist, and philosopher with extensiv ...more
Michael Connolly
May 11, 2012 Michael Connolly rated it liked it
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The part of this book that stayed with me was Sowell's description of death education in the public schools. Students are asked to discuss the deaths of their family members, and to practice writing suicide notes and their own obituaries. Sometimes, they even have field trips to the morgue and are encouraged to touch the corpses. Perhaps there is a place in public education for learning about sex, religion and death, but it should be done in an objective and unemotional manner. Children should n ...more
Ted Heitz
Aug 28, 2011 Ted Heitz rated it it was amazing
I expected this to be too old to be relevant. Not the case. Infallibly accurate and conscious as usual.
Jul 02, 2011 Jillian rated it did not like it
Some good points, but didn't even finish reading. Boring.
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Thomas Sowell is an American economist, social commentator, and author of dozens of books. He often writes from an economically laissez-faire perspective. He is currently a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In 1990, he won the Francis Boyer Award, presented by the American Enterprise Institute. In 2002 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal for prolific scholars ...more
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