Monday, June 20, 2016
Book Review: Fail U
Title: Fail U
Author: Charles J. Sykes
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 08/09/2016
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Source: St. Martins Press
This was a pretty decent book. I am not a typical non-fiction reader these days, but as a college student, I couldn't let this book pass me by! This is an eye-opening account of how colleges and universities are sending at a ridiculous level. It really makes you think about fees and payments. Especially if your someone paying for college by yourself. Someone like me.
This is an extremely provocative and amusing account. This book is willing to talk about universities dirty little secrets. To reveal how the American higher education program really operates.
Charles J. Sykes is not just a person with an axe to grind, though. He is a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. He his also a talk show host, he has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He is a hero, hailed a de-bunking the education system in America.
I won't say that I agreed with all of his arguments, but the majority of them resinated with me. In the end, this is a very thought-provoking book about the wrongs of the American system, and it is something that needs a serious overhaul.
As always I need to include my disclaimer that I did receive this book for review from St. Martins Press in exchange for my honest and completely unbiased review. Please remember all opinions are my own and were not influenced by this fact.
This book doesn't come out until 08/09/2016 but you can still pre-order it. You won't want to miss this one. If you are interested check out some of his other books.
The cost of a college degree has increased by 1,125% since 1978 - four times the rate of inflation. Total student debt is $1.3 trillion. Many private universities charge tuitions ranging from $60-70,000 per year. Nearly 2/3 of all college students must borrow to study, and the average student graduates with more than $30,000 in debt. 53% of college graduates under 25 years old are unemployed or underemployed (working part-time or in low-paying jobs that do not require college degrees). Professors - remember them? - rarely teach undergraduates at many major universities. 76% of all university classes are taught by part-time, untenured faculty.
In Fail U., Charles J. Sykes asks, "Is it worth it?" With chapters exploring the staggering costs of a college education, the sharp decline in tenured faculty and teaching loads, the explosion of administrator jobs, the grandiose building plans (gyms, food courts, student recreation centers), and the hysteria surrounding the "epidemic" of campus rapes, "triggers," "micro-aggressions," and other forms of alleged trauma, Fail U. concludes by offering a different vision of higher education; one that is affordable, more productive, and better-suited to meet the needs of a diverse range of students.
Provocative, persuasive, clear-eyed, and even amusing, Fail U. strips the academic emperor of its clothes to reveal the American university system as it really is - and how it must change