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Excellent Sheep - The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life

William Deresiewicz

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As a professor at Yale, William 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mel Foster

Length:

8h 35m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

08:36


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

43:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

32:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

40:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

33:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

43:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

49:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

36:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

53:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

39:05


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

42:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

44:37