• Race to the Bottom

  • Uncovering the Secret Forces Destroying American Public Education
  • By: Luke Rosiak
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (183 ratings)

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By: Luke Rosiak
Narrated by: Charles Constant
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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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a must read


Local politics matter, they are the bedrock of world politics. The scariest book I've read to date.

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Excellent!

A must read/listen book. Great investigative reporting on the subject of the education and the power behind our school boards around this country.

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Everyone needs to read this!!!

Even if you are not a parent you need to read this book!!! Take care and look at your local elections. Wackos and lunatics are trying to take over and make your town LA. Wonderful research and written for anyone to understand.

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Thank you for writing this book!

Listening to this helped me feel less crazy. As an elementary teacher for the past two decades, I have wondered what was behind the nonsensical policies I have experienced. The most unbearable has been students not receiving appropriate consequences for inappropriate behavior. The result has been severely compromised learning environments for most students, and teachers attempting to salvage their sanity in the midst of being blamed for the problems by administrators who bully the teachers who attempt to communicate with them about the situations.

It makes so much more sense. The emporer is not wearing clothes, and we need the silent majority to get involved and say something. COVID has been a wonderful way to expose these problems.

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I would suggest this book to everyone.

Saying that this book should be a required read for all high school and college students is a massive understatement.

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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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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.