Abstract: The author documents how American schools are failing, and identifies such trends as Goals 2000, Outcome Based Education, and the emphasis on self-esteem.
Keywords: book review, current_events, education, sociology, Outcome Based Education, OBE, Goals 2000, self esteem, secondary schools, schooling, academic achievement evaluation, United States.
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Title: Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves but Can't Read, Write, or Add
Author: Charles J. Sykes
Publisher: Saint Martin's Press
Date Published: September 1995
ISBN: 0312134746
LOCN: LA222.S95 1995
Dewey: 373.73 20
Pages: 341
Footnotes: 609 entries
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Section 1: Dumbing Down America's Kids

Chapter 1: Dumbing Down Our Kids

Chapter 2: Losing the Race

Chapter 3: The American Way of Denial

Section 2: Dumbing Down Our Schools

Chapter 4: Feelings

Chapter 5: The Religion of Self-Esteem

Chapter 6: The Attack on Excellence

Chapter 7: The Making of an Educationalist

Chapter 8: The New Illiteracy

Chapter 9: Why Johnny Can't Add, Subtract, Multiply, or Divide (But Still Feels Good about Himself)

Chapter 10: Dumbing Down the Texts

Chapter 11: Dumbing Down the Tests

Section 3: Moral Dumbing Down

Chapter 12: The "Values" Wasteland

Chapter 13: Telling on Mommy and Daddy

Chapter 14: Doctor, Doctor

Section 4: The Attack on Learning

Chapter 15: The Attack on Learning

Chapter 16: Educational Wasteland

Section 5: Reform and Counterreform

Chapter 17: The Blob

Chapter 18: Outcome Based Education

Chapter 19: Goals 2000 and the Counterreformation

Chapter 20: Schools that Work

Chapter 21: The Coming Educational Revolution


Author:        Sykes, Charles J., 1954-
Title:         Dumbing down our kids : why America's children
                  feel good about themselves but can't read, write, or add /
                  Charles J. Sykes.
Edition:       1st ed.
Published:     New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
Description:   x, 341 p. ; 24 cm.
LC Call No.:   LA222.S95 1995
Dewey No.:     373.73 20
ISBN:          0312134746
Notes:         Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subjects:      Education, Secondary -- United States --
               Academic achievement -- United States --
Control No.:   95031522 


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