Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality

Real Education Four Simple Truths for Bringing America s Schools Back to Reality With four simple truths as his framework Charles Murray the bestselling coauthor of The Bell Curve sweeps away the hypocrisy wishful thinking and upside down priorities that grip America s educat
  • Title: Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality
  • Author: Charles Murray
  • ISBN: 9780307405388
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality
    With four simple truths as his framework, Charles Murray, the bestselling coauthor of The Bell Curve, sweeps away the hypocrisy, wishful thinking, and upside down priorities that grip America s educational establishment Ability varies Children differ in their ability to learn academic material Doing our best for every child requires, above all else, that we embrace thatWith four simple truths as his framework, Charles Murray, the bestselling coauthor of The Bell Curve, sweeps away the hypocrisy, wishful thinking, and upside down priorities that grip America s educational establishment Ability varies Children differ in their ability to learn academic material Doing our best for every child requires, above all else, that we embrace that simplest of truths America s educational system does its best to ignore it.Half of the children are below average Many children cannot learn than rudimentary reading and math Real Education reviews what we know about the limits of what schools can do and the results of four decades of policies that require schools to divert huge resources to unattainable goals Too many people are going to college Almost everyone should get training beyond high school, but the number of students who want, need, or can profit from four years of residential education at the college level is a fraction of the number of young people who are struggling to get a degree We have set up a standard known as the BA, stripped it of its traditional content, and made it an artificial job qualification Then we stigmatize everyone who doesn t get one For most of America s young people, today s college system is a punishing anachronism.America s future depends on how we educate the academically gifted An elite already runs the country, whether we like it or not Since everything we watch, hear, and read is produced by that elite, and since every business and government department is run by that elite, it is time to start thinking about the kind of education needed by the young people who will run the country The task is not to give them advanced technical training, but to give them an education that will make them into wiser adults not to pamper them, but to hold their feet to the fire The good news is that change is not only possible but already happening Real Education describes the technological and economic trends that are creating options for parents who want the right education for their children, teachers who want to be free to teach again, and young people who want to find something they love doing and learn how to do it well These are the people for whom Real Education was written It is they, not the politicians or the educational establishment, who will bring American schools back to reality.Twenty four years ago, Charles Murray s Losing Ground changed the way the nation thought about welfare Real Education is about to do the same thing for America s schools.
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  • Charles Murray

    Charles Alan Murray is an American libertarian conservative political scientist, author, and columnist His book Losing Ground American Social Policy 1950 1980 1984 , which discussed the American welfare system, was widely read and discussed, and influenced subsequent government policy He became well known for his controversial book The Bell Curve 1994 , written with Richard Herrnstein, in which he argues that intelligence is a better predictor than parental socio economic status or education level of many individual outcomes including income, job performance, pregnancy out of wedlock, and crime, and that social welfare programs and education efforts to improve social outcomes for the disadvantaged are largely wasted.


  • I was in the bookstore on Saturday, saw that Charles Murray had put out a new book, and said, Dammit, because I knew I HAD to read it and therefore shell out 25 for it.He discusses four truths of contemporary American education I think his first two truths ability varies half of all children are below average are undebatable Few would disagree with his fourth truth America s future depends on the education of the academically gifted on its face, but they might disagree with his recommendations f [...]

  • Charles Murray is one of the best known researchers and writers on various public policy topics He is oftentimes maligned due to the fact that many of his positions and arguments fly in the face of the popular wisdom and challenge some of our most cherished prejudices In the case of education, those prejudices have been the source of countless reforms that have had very little, if any, impact on the actual achievements of students they were meant to help The latest one of those attempts, the No [...]

  • I have mixed feelings about Charles Murray s Real Education, although I think he s partially right The subtitle of the book is Four Simple Truths for Bringing America s Schools Back to Reality Here are his four simple truths The first basic truth is that ability varies This is undoubtable, I think, and shouldn t be uncontroversial, but if it s taken seriously then it could help change the way school systems tend to do a one size fits all education So not everybody can be expected to master forma [...]

  • Real Education injects some much needed realism into the never ceasing education debate Charles Murray insists we must first dispense with educational romanticism before we can better serve students of all academic abilities It s time, he argues, to admit some brutal truths 1 By definition, half of all children are of below average academic ability 2 Children cannot, in reality, be anything they want 3 Too many people are going to college 4 We are expecting too much of the lower half of students [...]

  • Charles Murray wrote a few articles in the Wall Street Journal and expanded them into this book The most memorable statement from both the articles and the book was that 50% of students are below average in educational ability People took offense to this statement, not because he assumed students fall on a normal curve and he may have misused the term average , but because it offended their educational romanticism If 50% of children are below average in educational attainment, 50% of children wi [...]

  • Point 1 Ability varies Though there are multiple intelligences, it is a fallacy that everyone is particularly good at one or , and there is a definite correlation between six of the seven kinesthetic physical is the one without any strongly observed correlation as of the writing, though athletes are likely to be like Tiger Woods than Donte Stallworth Also kids who are above average in one tend to also be above average in the other ones Point 2 Half of the kids are below average This is statisti [...]

  • Murray has not cowered since his inflammatory IQ arguments in the mid 90 s Here, Murray argues that educational romantics are harming the least academically gifted children and the most academically gifted ones by ignoring inherent abilities He cleverly uses Multiple Intelligence theory to argue that we must face inherent capacity no matter what natural aptitudes a child may have He focuses on three of the seven general types of intelligence spatial, logical, and verbal These are the academic in [...]

  • Murray argues The goal of education is to bring children into adulthood having discovered things they enjoy doing and doing them at the outermost limits of their potential The goal applies equally to every child, across the entire range of every ability This is not the same as preparing all students to be college ready, which is the apparent goal of most current educational policy This book explores many differences between current and ideal practices and is extremely rich food for thought These [...]

  • Good book, easy read though I imagine easy to hate very interested in reading some negative reviews I don t think there is much I disagree with Too many people go to college And four years is too long Teach kids lots of facts in k to 8th Give smart people a chance to fail.

  • This was the first book to really get me thinking about what our students really need It sparked a passion Great book, separated into 4 main sections, and backed by data and facts.

  • This book strips away the emotions and sentimentality often associated with education and tries to take a hard look at some trends in education and tries to confront some harsh realities about the current state of education I thought this book presented some valid points, but omitted some needed discussion of the downside of certain approaches, and overweighted the importance of ability and downplayed the lack of effort There are other books that delve into those issues, so he might be just reha [...]

  • Though some would rather lambast Charles Murray than read one of his works, he present ideas and concepts in this book enough to outlast his critics rage This book was written with the express purpose of blowing away the fog of wishful thinking, euphemism, and well intended egalitarianism surrounding education in fine, to do away with educational romanticism, or the idea that students can achieve anything, irrespective of personal desires, goals, or innate intelligence What a fresh world that wo [...]

  • Some good ideas, but mostly just babble I have come to the conclusion that if someone writes a book about education it is because they are not successful at it and need to find a way to make a living off it by throwing education jargon around I see it everyday.

  • Murray s arguments chapters 1 4 seem like common sense.I wonder whether the data about the performance of charter schools vs ordinary public schools are as confidence inspiring as he suggests in chapter 5 p 152.

  • This is a short, informative little read I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because its short This book also reminded me alot of Mark Bauerlein s excellent The Dumbest Generation The sections detailing the ignorance of American youth are rather disheartening I forget the exact numbers from the text, but I think it went something like 40% of 8th graders didn t know who was President during WWII60% of 3rd graders couldn t answer the question If there are 90 employees, and the work force is expanded by 10% [...]

  • It s slightly alarming to agree with Murray, but there it is.Real Education outlines why our educational system doesn t work and how we can fix it However, it s not your usual schools are underfunded or teachers are not trained well or teachers unions prevent real change the list could go on.Murray says what has become far too taboo in our culture not every child should go to college, not every child can do well academically, and, most horrifying to our national narrative of education, about hal [...]

  • I really enjoy reading about all aspects of education So, a book like this totally appeals to me This is a short tome which touches on a variety of topics like the theory of multiple intelligences and the modern university abandoning solid liberal education as a core curriculum In short, Murray thinks that our educational system is broken because we refuse to believe that 1 ability varies 2 half of the children are below average and there are limits to what can be done Many children cannot learn [...]

  • The problem with our schools isn t standards or choice or teacher quality The problem with our schools isn t money or poverty The problem with our schools is our expectations, and the pointless demands we make of kids who don t want to and or can t do the work educationrealist There were 90 employees in a company last year This year the number of employees increased by 10 percent How many employees are in the company this year Only 22% of eighth grade students answered correctly.Real Education f [...]

  • The wide selection of books on education fit on a bookshelf in Barnes and Noble about the size of 3 4 of my arm Each title was extremely original Problems with Education, How to Fix Education and Education for Dummies So I closed my eyes and pulled out Real Education by Charles Murray I trudged over to the cash register and handed her a full 15.00 for the tiny and flimsy book Real Education sat on my counter, untouched for a week and a half One day after finishing my homework and procrastinating [...]

  • This book really resonated with me for a number of reasons Although I felt the author came across as a little smug and glib at times, I do generally agree with his assertion that people have different levels of ability, and that it s pointless to try and force children to conform to some norm.His simple points are 1 Ability varies.2 Half of the children are below average.3 Too many people are going to college.4 America s future depends on how we educate the academically gifted.The issue is perso [...]

  • I applaud so much of what Charles Murray has to say about the current education system in the United States He doesn t hold back criticism and offers concrete ideas He is grounded and not romantic about the problems faced by students, parents and teachers He has four main suppositions 1 Ability varies He discusses Gardner s theory of multiple intelligences in a realistic manner This doesn t mean that because everyone is good at something, that teachers can use that something to make up for defic [...]

  • I write short reviews, but I want to write one anyway There are many points I agree with Murray college is not for everyone, some students are academically disadvantaged, the gifted should be engaging in a rigorous liberal arts education for the many advantages it offers , and K 12 education needs improvement not just academically but in other areas socially as well But for on the latter, I d see Dewey over Murray I disagree with other aspects of Murray s argument, and these are areas he someti [...]

  • This book oversimplifies both the serious problems dogging education in the U.S today and the solutions I think it s a worthwhile read for the point of view, but read this in conjunction with other studies and works like ones I ve listed here on my page Ravitch, and Goldin Katz to get the bigger picture The major problem here is that Murray seems to write completely from the viewpoint that intelligence in an individual is a fixed and finite thing it s not and that one s abilities and potential c [...]

  • I agreed with Murray s overall assessment with the failure of modern education the goal of college and an office job for all, the lack of liberal arts education at all levels, the current requirements for the job world , but I do have two major complaints regarding this treatise 1 His argument that all professionals should have a working knowledge of rudimentary statistics is crucial However, in the early sections of the book he misuses statistics He implicitly assumes a normal curve, but never [...]

  • This book has been an eye opener and a good place to start in thinking about the direction I would like to take for my children s education.This book has introduced me to the pervasive ideas based education behind the current public school education He makes the case that this type of education does not foster critical thinking as expected or improve reading comprehension He advocates for content based education such as the Core Knowledge curriculum by E.D Hirsch His arguments are persuasive and [...]

  • An interesting analysis of the American system of education Murray is not a big fan of No Child Left Behind This got him thinking about how he would change public policy when it comes to education In this book he states what he believes are four truths that could help us stop being educational romantics and start fixing the system.1 Kids have differing ability we can t make all kids genuine A students 2 Half of our kids are below average when it come to their mathematical and linguistic skill so [...]

  • Real Education is among the best education literature I ve read, including as an undergrad and graduate student Murray challenges some of the popular assumptions in the field today i.e that every child can be anything that he or she wants to be a person must have a degree to be professionally successful and offers his own version of what idealized education for all children, regardless of ability, would look like The author s contributions to the discussion are invaluable, but, sadly, I doubt I [...]

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