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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

Label
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
Title variation
Xcellent sheep
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
As a professor at Yale, Bill 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. 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 and computer science, students are losing the ability to think in innovative ways. Deresiewicz explains how college should be a time for self-discovery, when students can establish their own values and measures of success, so they can forge their own path. He addresses parents, students, educators, and anyone who's interested in the direction of American society, featuring quotes from real students and graduates he has corresponded with over the years, candidly exposing where the system is broken and clearly presenting solutions
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1964-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Deresiewicz, William
Dewey number
378.73
Index
no index present
LC call number
LA227.4
LC item number
.D74 2014
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Education, Higher
  • Universities and colleges
  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Higher
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
  • EDUCATION / Higher
  • EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
Label
Excellent sheep : the miseducation of the American elite and the way to a meaningful life, William Deresiewicz
Instantiates
Publication
Note
On jacket, the word "Excellent" has a big red "X" over the letters "Ex", making the title "Xcellent sheep."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The self-overcoming of the hereditary meritocracy
  • 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
Control code
ocn862788532
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Free Press hardcover edition.
Extent
245 pages
Isbn
9781476702711
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014010790
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)862788532
Label
Excellent sheep : the miseducation of the American elite and the way to a meaningful life, William Deresiewicz
Publication
Note
On jacket, the word "Excellent" has a big red "X" over the letters "Ex", making the title "Xcellent sheep."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The self-overcoming of the hereditary meritocracy
  • 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
Control code
ocn862788532
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Free Press hardcover edition.
Extent
245 pages
Isbn
9781476702711
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014010790
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)862788532

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