A groundbreaking manifesto about what our nationas top schools should beabut arenataproviding: aThe ex-Yale professor effectively skewers elite colleges, their brainy but soulless students (those asheepa), pushy parents, and admissions mayhema (People). As a professor at Yale, William Deresiewicz saw something that troubled him deeply. His students, some of the nationas 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 Yaleas admissions committee. As schools shift focus from the humanities to apracticala 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. aExcellent Sheep is likely to makeaba lasting markab.He takes aim at just about the entirety of upper-middle-class life in Americaab.Mr. Deresiewiczas book is packed full of what he wants more of in American life: passionate weirdnessa (The New York Times).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 Yaleas admissions ...
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