But plenty of others find their people, as one of my own former students says. The book filled me with both hope that there could be a more authentic, creative way to raise a new generation of thinkersand with the courage to try to find it. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of walden two and what it means. Six questions william deresiewicz on excellent sheep. William deresiewiczs book is in and of itself a higher education. Excellent sheep resources reading william deresiewicz. Excellent sheep takes a sharp look at the highpressure 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 yales admissions committee. Many students at elite universities amble like sheep through four years of parties and extracurriculars, and then head down the ramp to the hedge funds without stopping to think. The ending is very touching as jack helps the young orphan boy find his new parents and finally finds some sheep to herd for himself. The entire book shows the experience of a dog just looking for sheep to herd.
Love and success at americas finest universities, bobos in paradise, etc. William deresiewicz, author of excellent sheep this book is many things. I dont agree with david brooks politically, but he is one of our most acute observers of the upper middle class, both on campuses and elsewhere. A groundbreaking manifesto for people searching for the kind of insight on leading, thinking, and living that elite schools should bebut arentproviding. Brook henderson this book, written by william deresiewicz and first ed in 2014, is a hardbound book that covers the value of higher education. To read all the posts from his weekly blog, all points, click here. Excellent sheep describes how fundamentally broken elite education is, why it makes students feel depressed and lost, how educational institutions have been alienated from their true purpose, what students really must learn in college and how we can go back to making college a place for selfdiscovery and critical thinking. Born in 1964 in englewood, new jersey, deresiewicz attended columbia university before teaching english at yale university from 1998 to 2008.
Stream and download audiobooks to your computer, tablet or mobile phone. In any event, excellent sheep, while not perfect, is an extremely important book that anyone concerned about the american university should read. How six novels taught me about love, friendship and the things that really matter, was published in 2012 and received critical acclaim. But most of all it is a crucial piece of a burgeoning conversation about threats to free.
While the narration is from jacks perspective, his character is far too human in thinking and reasoning. Excellent sheep takes a sharp look at the highpressure conveyor belt that begins with parents and counselors who demand perfect. Deresiewiczs book is packed full of what he wants more of in american life. He takes these arguments even further in his upcoming book, excellent sheep. William deresiewiczs excellent sheep often find themselves at the nexus of money, politics, and power. They are also all nearperfect examples of what william deresiewicz labels as excellent sheep, in his new book, excellent sheep. Excellent sheep is the best way to describe the students who seek to and actually attend our most elite colleges and universities, william deresiewicz argues in his 2014 book, excellent sheep. Excellent sheep is a withering analysis of the transactional spirit that rules american education and american life, and an inspiring example of a better ideal. Excellent sheep, by william deresiewicz the new york times. Livestock farming, raising of animals for use or for pleasure. As the book turns to its instructive mode, you labor to define what you mean by success, and to demonstrate that it almost never happens without risk and failure which, boy, does academia teach you to avoid.
The miseducation of the american elite and the way to a meaningful life is based in part on his essays the disadvantages of an elite education and solitude and leadership. A mind is indeed a terrible thing to waste, especially if it belongs to a sophomore at yale. William deresiewiczs book is in and of itself a higher education, and to read it is to learn whats a college for. Which brings us to a word that appears often in excellent sheep. Excellent sheep by william deresiewicz close reading. Late one afternoon last week, schweighofer was at the bronx equestrian center, the temporary home for her sheep and one mischievous rooster, which had. Excellent sheep, william deresiewiczs manifesto the.
Excellent sheep book by william deresiewicz official. Excellent sheep by william deresiewicz close reading questions acquire your own copy of the book, excellent sheep. William deresiewicz was a professor at yale until 2008. The term excellent sheep is a quote from one of deresiewiczs students, referring to the idea that todays college students, especially those in the ivies, are very good at getting good grades and doing the work, and even participating in all kinds of extracurricular activities, but that they are not good thinkers. It reminds you that, as emerson said, sometimes a scream is better than a thesis. Et many of the freshmen arriving on campus this month at golden institutions like. The miseducation of the american elite and the way to a meaningful life audiobook by william deresiewicz. The miseducation of the american elite by william deresiewicz students sacrifice all to grades and resume buildingi might be miserable, a yalie noted, but. About the book excellent sheep is a searching critique of american education and a guide for students looking for a more meaningful college experience.
Male sheep are called rams, the females ewes, and immature animals lambs. The miseducation of the american elite and the way to a meaningful life by former yale professor, william deresiewicz. Excellent sheep challenges parents to break from the herd mentality, to question what we really want from our children, who we really want them to be. The miseducation of the american elite and the way to a meaningful. In this book, lederer reveals the kinds of frauds we have swallowed whole. We like to think that people are enjoying a better life because our millions have been poured into their lands so we are told that is so. He provides insight from his own experience as a student and graduate instructor at columbia, as well as from his years teaching english at yale.
He teaches them simple cheers, has them chant at strategic times during public meetings, and even hands out pompoms. He is the author of the landmark essays the disadvantages of an elite education and solitude and leadership and is a frequent speaker on campuses around the country. The miseducation of the american elite by william deresiewicz students sacrifice all to grades and resume buildingi might be miserable, a yalie noted, but were i not miserable, i wouldnt be at yale. Sheep are farm animals that are fascinating creatures. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. I read bill deresiewiczs book excellent sheep subtitled the miseducation of the american elite and the way to a meaningful life at the beginning of the year, over a period of a few days before starting second semester of my junior year at college. Excellent sheep is the sort of book that, by its nature, floats better questions than answers. Napoleon may not be great with a crowd, but hes especially successful with the sheep 5.
Deresiewiczs portrait of the typical ivy league student will ring true for many professors, and not only at harvard and yale. Learn about vocabulary terms to describe sheep, what they like to eat, and how things like their wool help humans in every day life. In his book excellent sheep, william deresiewicz shows what the elite schools of the united states lack. The miseducation of the american elite and the way to a meaningful life is a 2015 book of social criticism on the role of elite colleges in american society written by william deresiewicz and published by free press. Excellent sheep are todays young high achievers, winning admission to selective. If you care about the future, you will no doubt find excellent sheep exceptionally enlightening. As schools shift focus from the humanities to practical subjects like economics, students are losing the ability to think independently. Read this excellent description of silence from do androids dream of electric sheep im reading library of americas collected works on philip k dick, and i just had to share this terrific passage. The miseducation of the american elite and the way to a meaningful life. In this article, the discussion of livestock includes both beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, mules, asses, buffalo, and camels. He takes aim at just about the entirety of uppermiddleclass life in america.1123 757 640 1330 763 833 186 185 1244 688 710 542 1053 1371 950 1207 1118 709 86 192 448 1253 79 1519 645 1560 768 1044 1426 1572 1291 954 1239 1061 245 1325 588 253 1175 579 1052 1278 530 1246 384 1313