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Everyone wants: High schoolers to graduate well-prepared for jobs. Improved STEM literacy. Greater achievement for inner-city children. Happiness for all children. So why are liberals spending billions of dollars working against those goals?

In Race to the Bottom, Luke Rosiak uncovers the shocking reason why American education is failing: Powerful special interest groups are using our kids as guinea pigs in vast ideological experiments. These groups’ initiatives aren’t focused on making children smarter - but on implementing a radical agenda, no matter the effect on academic standards. 

Nonprofits pump billions into initiatives meant to redress racial inequities. Rather than fixing the problem, districts with a big gap between White and Black test scores hire consultants who claim the tests are meaningless because they are “racist.” These consultants’ judgments allow school districts to ignore their own failures - ultimately hurting minority students and perpetuating racism.

That is just one example. Drawing on his years in investigative journalism, Rosiak did a deep dive into school files, financial records, and parents’ stories. What he found is that nonprofit influence has crept into the educational bureaucracy all over America. Corrupt school boards and quack diversity consultants abound. Teachers drawing government pay claim it’s unsafe to return to in-person school, but “double dip” teaching in-person private classes. And amid all this focus on money and equity, academic standards are crumbling, which hurts American kids in ways we’ll be suffering for decades.

Race to the Bottom is the first comprehensive exposé of the way radical ideology and self-serving administrators are destroying academic quality in America’s K-12 schools. Rigorous and deeply-researched, this is essential listening for anyone who cares about the future of our kids.

©2022 Luke Rosiak (P)2022 HarperAudio

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Any parent who currently has a child in an American public school MUST read this book.

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Revelatory in so many ways

I bought this book on a whim being interested in public education and why it seemed like everything coming out of it was just getting worse and worse. Talk about getting your money's worth. This book is filled to the brim with information and yet never once in the near ten hour listening time did I feel the author was being redundant or too hyperbolic. The revelations about who is making (ahem, ruining) public education in America are incredibly well researched and certain chapters left me thinking it just couldn't get any crazier or more corrupt....then the next chapter would start. This would all be for nothing if poorly written, but Rosiac's style is superb and mirrors that of someone like Thomas Sowell (who wrote a similar book, Inside American Education, that is worth checking out).

If you are worried about the state of k-12 education and you make one purchase to understand the situation, trust me, this is it.

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headings suck

good book. eye opening for sure! highly recommended
our kids are being used for nefarious purposes

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excellent book

well written, well researched book that will open your eyes to the depth of the troubles faced by a system that has been corrupted by those who are trying to use education to serve power politics et al.

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Must Read for the Children!!

This book is spot on. Recognized what has happened in my district, like a playbook.

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A Book For Every American

This is probably one of the most important books for every American to read because we all have a stake in the academic outcomes of all children who attend publicly funded schools in America. The information in this book is not technical and well-explained which makes it easy to understand and, more importantly, makes it possible for listeners/readers to connect essential dots. If you ever wondered, 'how did we get to this place in public education?' OR 'how come my kid still can't read at grade level?', this book provides inconvienent answers.

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EYE OPENING BOOK!

This book in its its investigation in schools, non-profits , government entities and unions is worth a read / listen.

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Things are more insane than I thought possible.

This is a journey down a rabbit hole. I underestimate the human capacity for insanity.

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Riveting and Eye Opening

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, this book is a must read for anyone interested in the well being of children, families, communities, and the future of our country.

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wow!!

what a great book. very informative book on our children's education. recommend not just to every parent but every voter.