More Money Than Brains

More Money Than Brains

Why Schools Suck, College Is Crap, & Idiots Think They're Right

Book - 2010
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One of Canada's funniest and most incisive social critics reveals why in North America, where governments spend so much on schools and colleges, training is valued far more than education and loud-mouth ignoramuses are widely and publicly celebrated.

Public education in the United States is in such pitiful shape, the president wants to replace it. Test results from Canadian public schools indicate that Canadian students are at least better at taking tests than their American cousins. On both sides of the border, education is rapidly giving way to job training, and learning how to think for yourself and for the sake of dipping into the vast ocean of human knowledge is going distinctly out of fashion.

It gets worse, says Laura Penny, university lecturer and scathingly funny writer. Paradoxically, in the two nations that have among the best universities, libraries, and research institutions in the world, intellectuals are largely distrusted and yelping ignoramuses now clog the arenas of public discourse.

A brilliant defence of the humanities and social sciences, More Money Than Brains takes a deadly and extremely funny aim at those who would dumb us down.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2010
ISBN: 9780771070488
0771070489
Characteristics: 250 p. : ill

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trevorlouden
Mar 19, 2017

Laura's written 2 books now, and I can't wait for the third. While biased from an academic point of view, she is well researched and achingly and hilariously caustic in her criticisms of right wing ideology, hypocritical ruling figures, and irresponsible press. Her first book, "The Truth on Bullshit", is even funnier. If it wasn't for her obnoxiously awkward laugh, she would probably be the left's Ann Coulter (in Canada).

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cre0
Dec 03, 2015

very humorous. i love rants by intelligent people.

debwalker Apr 09, 2011

"Penny takes aim at the education systems of the United States and Canada, asking: How did two countries with some of the best universities and libraries in the world turn out the noisy dunces who dominate public discourse today? Refreshingly tart."

Globe & Mail April 8 2011

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