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William Deresiewicz

From Lizzy Bennet to Fanny Price: My Jane Austen Journey

Mackenzie Broderick | Posted 10.18.2014 | Books
Mackenzie Broderick

At age 12, my obliviousness was a survival instinct. As my peers experimented with make-up and clothes, I wore a sports bra to school, my hair frizzing into the stratosphere. Most days were spent doing what I loved best -- reading.

When Excellent Sheep Grow Up

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 10.15.2014 | Books
Aaron Zelinsky

Many have identified the weaknesses in Deresiewicz's jeremiad. In his forthcoming novel, Supreme Ambitions, David Lat, founder of the legal blog Above the Law, takes a different approach. What happens, he asks, to all those excellent sheep after graduation? His answer won't surprise many: The sheep get herded to law school.

What's The Value Of A College Degree?

William Eger | Posted 10.02.2014 | College
William Eger

For MOOCs to seriously challenge traditional universities (not just the online lecture circuit) they need to offer an enticing reward to push students through the drudgery.

Colleges Don't Need More Tests or More 'Sheep'

Michael Roth | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
Michael Roth

Our colleges and universities aspire to help students to find what John Dewey called "the large and human significance" in their lives and work. This requires not just teaching to the test and not just parroting critiques. It requires learning to think with contexts and concepts, deploying cooperation and creativity.

Don't Bother With Yale: Even the Most Excellent Sheep are Still Part of a Herd

Linda Flanagan | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Linda Flanagan

Kids lose their childhoods to appease the college admissions Gods (and their parents), endure record rates of depression and anxiety, and arrive on campus stripped of curiosity or self-knowledge. They excel at following orders, hence they are "excellent sheep."

Whatever Happened to Carpe Diem?

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger From coast to coast, the following is happening in homes across the country: Parents are walking...

Escaping the Higher Education Stockholm Syndrome

Daniel Barabasi | Posted 11.03.2014 | College
Daniel Barabasi

I wouldn't be one of the thoroughbreds the article describes, circling an endless track of exams, interviews and extracurriculars just to hit the next career step. At the very least, I'd build my own track.

Teaching Courage

David Van Zandt | Posted 11.03.2014 | College
David Van Zandt

The new emerging creative economy needs highly educated people who will not simply complete tasks, even highly intellectual ones. We need people who can identify and flexibly address and solve complex social and business problems.

Book Review Roundup: Conspiracy Theories And How To Determine A Psychopath

Posted 07.19.2011 | Books

"A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter" by William Deresiewicz Los Angeles Ti...