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Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing Americas Schools Back to Reality by Charles Murray An Insightful Call To ArmsWith four simple truths as his framework, Charles Murray, the bestsellingcoauthor of The Bell Curve, sweeps away the hypocrisy, wishful thinking,and upside-down priorities that grip America’s educational establishment.Ability varies. Children differ in their ability to learn academic material.Doing our best for every child requires, above all else, that we embracethat simplest of truths. America’s educational system does its best toignore it.
Half of the children are below average. Many children cannot learn morethan rudimentary reading and math. Real Education reviews what we knowabout the limits of what schools can do and the results of four decades ofpolicies that require schools to divert huge resources to unattainable goals.Too many people are going to college. Almost everyone should get trainingbeyond high school, but the number of students who want, need, or canprofit from four years of residential education at the college level is afraction of the number of young people who are struggling to get a degree.We have set up a standard known as the BA, stripped it of its traditionalcontent, and made it an artificial job qualification. Then we stigmatizeeveryone who doesn’t get one. For most of America’s young people,today’s college system is a punishing anachronism.America’s future depends on how we educate the academically gifted. Anelite already runs the country, whether we like it or not. Since everythingwe watch, hear, and read is produced by that elite, and since everybusiness and government department is run by that elite, it is time to startthinking about the kind of education needed by the young people who willrun the country. The task is not to give them more advanced technicaltraining, but to give them an education that will make them into wiseradults; not to pamper them, but to hold their feet to the fire.The good news is that change is not only possible but already happening.Real Education describes the technological and economic trends that arecreating options for parents who want the right education for their children,teachers who want to be free to teach again, and young people who wantto find something they love doing and learn how to do it well. These are thepeople for whom Real Education was wri tten. It is they, not the politiciansor the educational establishment, who will bring American schools back toreality.Twenty-four years ago, Charles Murray’s Losing Ground changed the waythe nation thought about welfare. Real Education is about to d o the samething for America’s schools.Features:* ISBN13: 9780307405388* Condition: NEW* Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.* Click here to view our Condition Guide and Shipping Prices
Charles Murray is one of the best known researchers and writers onvarious public policy topics. He is oftentimes maligned due to the fact thatmany of his positions and arguments fly in the face of the popular wisdomand challenge some of our most cherished prejudices. In the case ofeducation, those prejudices have been the source of countless reformsthat have had very little, if any, impact on the actual achievements ofstudents they were meant to help. The latest one of those attempts, the NoChild Left Behind act (NCLB) was the immediate inspiration of a series ofarticles that Charles Murray wrote for the Wall Street Journal. Thosearticles have been expanded and turned into this book. Because ofpolitically sensitive nature of the topic, Murray is banding backwards to tryto make his assumption as uncontroversial as possible and avoid for themost part the minefields of race, class and gender. The four assumptionsthat he bases all of his arguments are the following:1. Ability varies.2. Half of the children are below average.3. Too many people are going to college.4. Americas future depends on how we educate the academically gifted.The veracity of some of these assumptions can hardly be questioned - thesecond one is just a tautology. However, most people dont look educationor their intellectual ability rationally, so it is worthwhile emphasizing theobvious. On the other hand the last two assumptions are very politicallyunpopular, and Murray expends considerable amount of space in backingthem up and presenting the best possible arguments in their favor.Unfortunately, I am not too optimistic that this book will have much of animpact on people who really need to make hard political choices. The realhope for change lays elsewhere - in an increasing number of technologicaland social developments that will create new pressures on the traditionaleducational system. The advent of the internet and the growing amount ofresources for learning outside of the established educational venues willcreate an incentive for more flexible and diverse educational experience.The globalization of work will create pressures on schools and colleges tobecome more open to changes that will bring them in line with reality. In ameanwhile, we have to be grateful that there are people out there likeCharles Murray who are willing to write so clearly and persuasively aboutthese issues.This is also probably Charles Murrays most accessible book so far. It iswritten in a conversational/polemic style with no footnotes, graphs, ortables. It is a very straightforward read and could be finished in a singlesitting. Overall, there is so much going for this book that I really hope it willbe read by a very wide audience. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price:
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