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The Resource Excellent sheep : the miseducation of the American elite and the way to a meaningful life, William Deresiewicz

Excellent sheep : the miseducation of the American elite and the way to a meaningful life, William Deresiewicz

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Excellent sheep : the miseducation of the American elite and the way to a meaningful life
Title
Excellent sheep
Title remainder
the miseducation of the American elite and the way to a meaningful life
Statement of responsibility
William Deresiewicz
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • This book is a groundbreaking manifesto about what our nation's top schools should be -- but aren't -- providing: "The ex-Yale professor effectively skewers elite colleges, their brainy but soulless students (those 'sheep'), pushy parents, and admissions mayhem" (People). As a professor at Yale, William Deresiewicz saw something that troubled him deeply. His students, some of the nation's brightest minds, were adrift when it came to the big questions: how to think critically and creatively and how to find a sense of purpose. Now he argues that elite colleges are turning out conformists without a compass. Excellent Sheep takes a sharp look at the high-pressure conveyor belt that begins with parents and counselors who demand perfect grades and culminates in the skewed applications Deresiewicz saw firsthand as a member of Yale's admissions committee. As schools shift focus from the humanities to "practical" subjects like economics, students are losing the ability to think independently. It is essential, says Deresiewicz, that college be a time for self-discovery, when students can establish their own values and measures of success in order to forge their own paths. He features quotes from real students and graduates he has corresponded with over the years, candidly exposing where the system is broken and offering clear solutions on how to fix it. "Excellent Sheep is likely to make ... a lasting mark. He takes aim at just about the entirety of upper-middle-class life in America. Mr. Deresiewicz's book is packed full of what he wants more of in American life: passionate weirdness" (The New York Times). - Publisher
  • "A groundbreaking manifesto for people searching for the kind of insight on leading, thinking, and living that elite schools should be--but aren't--providing"--
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1964-
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Deresiewicz, William
Dewey number
378.73
Index
no index present
LC call number
LA227.4
LC item number
.D74 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Education, Higher
  • Universities and colleges
  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Higher
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • EDUCATION
  • EDUCATION
  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • Critical thinking
  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Higher
  • Elite
  • Reasoning
  • Universities and colleges
  • United States
  • Elite
  • Hochschulbildung
  • Selbstständigkeit
  • USA
Label
Excellent sheep : the miseducation of the American elite and the way to a meaningful life, William Deresiewicz
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- pt. 1. Sheep : The students ; The history ; The training ; The institutions -- pt. 2. Self : What is college for? ; Inventing your life ; Leadership -- pt. 3. Schools : Great books ; Spirit guides ; Your guide to the rankings -- pt. 4. Society : Welcome to the club ; The self-overcoming of the hereditary meritocracy
Control code
ocn862788532
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Free Press hardcover edition.
Extent
245 pages
Isbn
9781476702711
Lccn
2014010790
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781476702711
  • (OCoLC)862788532
Label
Excellent sheep : the miseducation of the American elite and the way to a meaningful life, William Deresiewicz
Link
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- pt. 1. Sheep : The students ; The history ; The training ; The institutions -- pt. 2. Self : What is college for? ; Inventing your life ; Leadership -- pt. 3. Schools : Great books ; Spirit guides ; Your guide to the rankings -- pt. 4. Society : Welcome to the club ; The self-overcoming of the hereditary meritocracy
Control code
ocn862788532
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Free Press hardcover edition.
Extent
245 pages
Isbn
9781476702711
Lccn
2014010790
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781476702711
  • (OCoLC)862788532

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