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"If you're the parent of someone under 20 and read only one non-fiction book this fall, make it this one. Bauerlein's simple but jarring thesis is that technology and the digital culture it has created are not broadening the horizon of the younger generation; they are narrowing it to a self-absorbed social universe that blocks out virtually everything else."
-Don Campbell, USA Today
"An urgent and pragmatic book on the very dark topic of the virtual end of reading among the young."
"Never have American students had it so easy, and never have they achieved less. . . . Mr. Bauerlein delivers this bad news in a surprisingly brisk and engaging fashion, blowing holes in a lot of conventional educational wisdom."
-Charles McGrath, The New York Times
"It wouldn't be going too far to call this book the Why Johnny Can't Read for the digital age."
"Throughout The Dumbest Generation, there are . . . keen insights into how the new digital world really is changing the way young people engage with information and the obstacles they face in integrating any of it meaningfully. These are insights that educators, parents, and other adults ignore at their peril."
-Lee Drutman, Los Angeles Times
There's an undercurrent of frustration running through Bauerlein's commentary on the wilful ignorance of today's youth culture. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Saahy
While I do agree that some of the factors that has led to the malaise of the present generation are both the over-saturation of teenage social networking and the lack of singular... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2011 by Ronald W. Maron
Everyone who's been to school knows that a good subject can be absolutely ruined by boring teachers, and that's the problem with this book. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2010 by Shadow
I am very impressed with this book. As a high school Physics and Mathematics teacher, I have noticed an alarming decline in fundamental skills and intellectual curiosity in my... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2009 by Angelo
I've tried to read this book. I don't get far though. Grumpy old man just does that to me. I've even tried starting at a couple of different points in the book. Aaaaaaand, nope. Read morePublished on July 10 2009 by Doug Scott
This is so very frightening. This slim book talks about the digital generation born between 1980 to mid 1990s. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2009 by Winston