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Conform: Exposing the Truth About Schools

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  811 ratings  ·  121 reviews
#1 bestselling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck considers the hot-button issue of education in the US, exposing the weaknesses of the Common Core school curriculum and examining why liberal solutions fail.

Public education is never mentioned in the constitution. Why? Because our founders knew that it was an issue for state and local governments—not th
Paperback, 258 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Threshold Editions (first published April 29th 2014)
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Jun 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Here is my short review.

As a teacher, I am not at all a fan of Common Core, and Glenn Beck is a first-class, grade A jerk, who uses demagoguery and distortion to create animosity among those of us who are too lazy to find out what is really going on.

Here is my detailed review.

I am a teacher. I am working with Common Core Standards and trying to teach students the best I can. Beck's presentation of Common Core is that classrooms are striving to meet Common Core Standards. This is ridiculous. Ever
Christie Litchfield
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
I honestly don't know where to start. The title of the book led me to believe that common core would be examined, but little of the book was actually devoted to this topic. As a public school teacher, I do feel that there has been too much " Control" coming down from the federal government, yet I would be equally as concerned for someone with the ideas that Beck does having control as well. The book really seems to paint a us verses them mentality which has been the problem in education for quit ...more
Roger Miller
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you wish to understand the political struggle of our country, this is a must read. This book rightly points out it is all about a struggle for control between the controlists and freedom lovers.
This book is all about reforming our current educational system, pointing to the progressive movement solution is a top down approach and traditionalist see the solution is a restoration of the home and local control as key to overcoming are downward spiral in the education of the youth of America. A w
Jack Hansen
The controversy surrounding Common Core is the subject that Glenn Beck tackles in Conform: Exposing the Truth About Schools. Control of the American school system that is driven by unions rather than children is at the heart of the controversy. Glenn explains the history and rationale behind Common Core, a set of universal standards to improve the delivery of a curriculum that each state may tweak to meet its particular needs. This homogenization sounds like a simplification, and therefore, a ne ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I really like Glenn Beck but I was a little disappointed that this book didn't mention specific ideas of things to do to get rid of Common Core. For me, I've done my research on the Government take over of our schools and Common Core so most of the information wasn't new news to me. My children have had several amazing, influential teachers and I feel our problems stem more from the way teachers are educated rather than the teachers themselves.

Although it wasn't a waste of my time to read this
Sara Campbell
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book that presents the facts and truth behind education in the past several decades. Bottom line, education is not about the students anymore. It's about the unions, selfish/incompetent teachers, and the overall government making money. This book made me regret becoming a teacher since I'll likely never see any of this change in my lifetime. It is time to take that control back from the government fat-cats and make education about the children again!
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very informative. I'm glad Common Core wasn't in place when I was in school and I hope it's gone before I have children.
Samantha Shank
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: political, nonfiction
CONFORM by Glenn Beck really does what the education industry what Food Inc. did for the food industry – completely exposes everything. It definitely is eye-opening, and is packed with a lot of helpful information dealing with everything from teacher unions, Michelle Obama’s school lunches, the new sex ed in schools, and of course, Common Core. Beck brought up a lot of great points and got me thinking about a lot of topics.

The beginning opens up with teacher unions; how they discourage good teac
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Among the many issues the United States Government has to face, one of the subjects which care about the most is Education.

I believe that education is without question, the most important thing a human being can receive. We should be valuing it far more than we do; we should be championing it, and as someone who has gone through the Public School system here in the States, there is a culture that is neither rigorous nor forward-looking. Sure, it is wrong to do a broad stroke of generalization th
Belinda Birrer
Jul 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
I will start with I am a teacher. If you don't want a teacher's opinion disregard this.

My issue with this book is that he only presents situations that support his arguments and stereotypes.

He labels educators as progressives out to brainwash your kids and tear the moral fabric of the nation. I am a Christian teacher and I work with many Christians who do not agree with many of what would be considered the "progressive" movements he outlines. Not every educator is out to brainwash your child.
William Lawrence
Mar 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: education
Beck is right that conformity is hurting schools, but he’s got the cause of it all wrong. Two chapters into the book and you realize the whole book is just an offensive attack on unions, with very little substance all all concerning the Common Core. He didn’t write this book because he cares about education and students, he wrote this because he’s trying to chip away at a Democratic stronghold donor. More politics. What a shame.

With nearly twenty years in education, I gave this book a chance bec
I've heard of Glenn Beck a lot but have never listened to what he had to say. I enjoyed some of his thoughts, although he can be pretty extreme and has a tendency to state his opinion as truth a little too much.

I liked what he had to say about the Teacher's Unions and the dumb coveted tenure that they shoot for. Teaching should be more focused on talent. But I don't think it's as bad as he says. A bad teacher isn't the end of the world and appears worse than it actually is. I did think it was r
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though not very in-depth, CONFORM is a thought-provoking read on the state of public education in the U.S. I sympathize with a lot of Beck's arguments, especially since I worked for several years in an academic environment where teachers were paid the same regardless of effort and/or outcomes. That was frustrating. I've also witnessed firsthand that having a degree in education does not make you a competent teacher.
Also, being homeschooled has taught me that children don't need Big Brother to ge
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I am not a fan of Mr. Beck's. In fact, the only reason I can think of to listen to his show is that it's a great way to practice identifying logical fallacies. Nonetheless, there is a lot of good in this book. It's written in a fairly dumbed-down manner, with lots of short, superficial chapters and a fair dose of the expected non-arguments. On the plus side, much of what Beck has to say actually makes sense and he backs up many of his points with fairly thorough documentation and even end notes. ...more
Corey A. Jones
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must read for all teachers, administrators, and concerned parents.

This book throws a lot of data at you but you don't have to have a degree in statistics to understand it. Glenn does a great job at explaining where the incentives are in education and what the stakeholders really care about-control and power. Common core is discussed at length and it is clearly laid out why it is a horrible plan for America. If all schools are teaching the same things in the exact same way, how will innovative
Wendi Lau
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education
My homeschool daughter wanted to go to the local public high school when this book arrived at my library. It is alarming! Schools keeping unrelated data on students, like how the family votes, whether they go to church, etc. In-class technology that will monitor individual student engagement in the lesson based on facial expressions. Teacher unions that prohibit firing bad teachers and discourage recognition of great teachers. Bottom-of-the-class people becoming teachers. Ugh. I have seen a rigo ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
A random mish mosh list of topics that Beck chooses to expand on, few of which have anything to do with the common core. I agree with him on several issues, but as someone working inside the public school system I find it hard to read the book through. He is so cold and insensitive toward burned out teachers, toward those who feel they have earned their tenure, and teachers unions. Who did he think was going to read this book anyway? Parents? In addition, he has some good points about children i ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This is a really good look at how public education is a slave to bureaucrats and special interests who only care about money. It covers Common Core, antiquated union practices, the war on homeschooling and technology, and the war on parental choice and minorities.

Much of it is common sense and should receive bipartisan support. Other areas will be agreed with or disagreed with depending on your political leanings.

The end goes over possible solutions and comprises. Overall, it's surpri
Julia Nixon
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a difficult book to read in light of what our young people are being taught in our schools. Although I left the classroom a few years ago, I have no difficulty believing this information because I was always getting in trouble with the administration since conforming is not my nature. The more I expected of the students and the more information and skills I taught, the more I got into trouble with parents and administrators. We were supposed to be teaching critical thinking, but my conte ...more
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I will admit to ordering this book on accident, but what a happy accident. My husband and I truly felt we were ahead of the curve on the Common Core, to the point that we have purchased Homeschool curriculum and sacrificed my income. Still, Glenn puts very difficult concepts in easy-to-understand context and blows your mind with detailed, factual information. Every parent should read this book before even considering sending their child back to a brick and mortar school this school year! Thanks, ...more
Gary Sedivy
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well researched book on the state of education in the U. S. Centralized control (D. C.) and standardized testing, coupled with teacher's unions are an evil brew. Students are not being well served. Unfortunately the news media is not putting any pressure on the powers in control. For example, in Oregon, (this not in the book) student performance and graduation rates are slouching downward year after year, yet we get glowing reports of the massive successes I our school system. "Everything is Awe ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh wow. This was really eye-opening. No, it's not about conspiracy theories. ;) Beck shows the flaws in the public school system and a reasonable, common sense way to fix the flaws. He also gives information and ways that regular people can help to change and alternative schooling options (which, as a parent of young children, I totally appreciated). I feel armed with the knowledge I need to help my children get the best education for them.
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Somewhat preachy, but an interesting read. Confirms my position that we need to get rid of the Department of Education and allow the states control over their academic institutions.
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not as good as I expected. This wasn't written to persuade (IMO) as much as to incite. The more Glenn Beck I read, the more disappointed I am.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am shocked at what I read about the changes being made in our system of education.

This may be America, but it's not my father's America.

Who shall we become?
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-books
Conform is an “educational” read, literally!

The subject of Common Core and the public school education in the United States has been an issue for many years, but Glenn Beck brings it all to the forefront clearly and concisely in Conform. Mr. Beck did his research and thoroughly cites his sources. The statistics he presents in Conform are astounding.

Part One of this book, first chapter: “You Can’t Criticize Public Education if you haven’t been in the Classroom”

“If you haven’t been in the classro
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
It’s pretty much common knowledge that public education in America has issues. Many people are very much opposed to Common Core, whether because they understand what is really is or because they just think they do. Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education by Glenn Beck attempts to address and explain the problems and give ideas on how to fix it. Unfortunately, I felt like the book fell a bit short of its goal.

Most of the examples given felt like scary, this is the worst
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This is another one of those books that I started a couple years ago and finally got around to finishing. Conform is about the problems with education in America, and Beck presents suggestions on how we can fix some of it. There is a lot of common-sense here, which is sorely needed in our current educational system. I picked up this book initially because I was interested in what Beck had to say in the chapters on homeschooling, but the whole book was interesting and relevant to all Americans, w ...more
Gwen Anderson
Sep 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
I appreciated this book because, with all its half-truths or lies, I practiced how I would respond in real conversations to these fallacies. And, even as a “controlist,” I finished the entire book.
Jenny Olechowski
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some opinions lack insight a teacher has, but overall many good points were made.
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Glenn Edward Lee Beck is one of America's leading radio and television personalities. His quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality have made The Glenn Beck Program the third highest rated radio program in America and Glenn Beck, one of the most successful new shows on the Fox News Channel. His unique blend of modern-day storytelling and insightful views on current events allowed him to ...more
“We spend more per pupil than any other country, but among industrialized nations, American students rank near the bottom in science and math. Only 13 percent of high school seniors know what high school seniors should know about American history.” 1 likes
“Critics of home-schooling hate the idea of home-schooling and the freedom from the government school monopoly that it represents. Their attacks on academic success are just a transparent attempt to divert attention from their own failings.” 0 likes
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