• Inside American Education

  • The Decline, The Deception, The Dogmas
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (185 ratings)

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An indictment of the American educational system criticizes the fact that the system has discarded the traditional goals of transmitting knowledge and fostering cognitive skills in favor of building self-esteem and promoting social harmony.

©1993 Thomas Sowell (P)2021 Tantor

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Must read if you want to understand the condition in America

What an eye opening book. I knew things had changed from when I was in University but even then it was a mess. However this book really details a lot of the issues with the faltering US Education system. Whether you agree with the outcome or not it would be hard to disagree with the dire straights out education system is in.

Sadly I believe that those that need to read and understand this book won’t bother either due to the Author of it or their own closed minds.

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When was this written?

this book was released in 2021 but all of the data is from the 90s. What did I miss? This material is at least 20 years old. Its difficult to understand if\how much we readers are to think this is relevant.

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Another Sowell Masterpiece

I always appreciate Thomas Sowell's writing because he analyzes data rather than simply look at surface conclusions. A classic example is the myth that higher education discriminates against black Ph.D. holders because their salaries are lower than white's and Asian's. Turns out that when you adjust field of study, there is no discrimination based on race. Rather, the fields in which blacks disproportionately earn terminal degrees - history and education - pay less than Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering, and math, regardless of the race of the degree earner.

In this book, Sowell uses data provided by the State of New York to show that New York City's charter-school students dramatically outperform their traditional public-school counterparts in standardized tests. He looks at potential variables that could explain that difference - racial composition of the student body, neighborhoods that produce the students, selective admissions, etc. - and finds no substantial variations. These charter schools are located in the same neighborhoods as public schools. Students are chosen by lottery, not application. And charter-school student bodies are actually a little more minority than the public schools.

So, what variable does explain this difference? Competition. Charter schools, whether public or private, must deliver value to their customers - students and their families. Traditional public schools must also deliver value to their customers. But public-school customers are administrators and teachers, not students.

His analysis of the history and mission of Dunbar High School, located in the shadow of the US Capitol, is fascinating. A school in that neighborhood shouldn't produce students that become future leaders in medicine, law, and business. But it did. But now, not so much. Why? You'll have to read the book.

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Amazing and horrifying

Every book the Thomas Sowell writes is incredible. I hope he continues living and writing till at least he is 120. I can’t think of any other author who even comes close to his capabilities. This book too is incredible for its breath of research but also eye opening and shocking and honestly horrifying. Once you read this book you will see not only that the university’s are like the atheist church, but that the public schools are basically the church of satan. Both are some of the most diabolical institutions in America today, next to planned parenthood.

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Still relevant

I almost stopped listening when I realized the publish date but it's all still relevant in 2022

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Thomas Sowelll quality, highly recommended.

Shines light on the cabal of higher education that neglects the basics necessary for advancement.

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An in depth analysis of Education in America with critical commentary not typically presented for social programs and institutions displacing academic content.

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I experienced some of this first hand.

the book is before its time and explains 2022 rather well.

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Thank you.

Thomas Sowell is a national treasure. Once again, his insights and his clear writing style combine to deliver an outstanding work.

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Message diminished by the narrator

The reading by Hillgardner adds a layer of sarcasm uncharacteristic of the Tom Sowell I know, and detracts from the factual analysis underlying his conclusions. To paraphrase the text, it’s not about feelings.

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