Dumbing Down Our Kids by Charles J. Sykes
Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can't Read, Write, or Add

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The author of A Nation of Victims offers an expose+a7 of American public education, charging that faddish educational theories and the drive to inflate students' self-esteem are causing standards to decline. National ad/promo. Tour.

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Charles Sykes is the author of three previous books, "ProfScam, The Hollow Men, "and "A Nation of Victims," A journalist who specializes in educational issues, he has written for and is frequently quoted by newspapers including "The New York Times, USA Today, "and "The Wall Street Journal. "He has appeared on "The Today Show, The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder, "and NPR's "Talk of the Nation "to discuss schooling. A senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, Sykes lives with his wife and three children in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Published September 15, 1996 by St. Martin's Griffin. 341 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Part of the blame, says Sykes, goes to schools where, in the interests of leveling the playing field, hard grades have been replaced by softer evaluations such as ``area of stregth.'' For the most part, none of Sykes's criticisms of such educational innovations as Outcome-Based Education (student...

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Sykes argues that educators' emphasis on egalitarianism and building self-esteem have caused an eroding of true learning in the American classroom.

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