More Money Than Brains: Why School Sucks, College is Crap, & Idiot Think They're Right Paperback – Apr 5 2011
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"More Money Than Brains is a ferocious defence of the arts and humanities against the philistine influence of Homo economicus (subspecies Goldman Sachsus). . . [Penny's] unflinching willingness to entertain puts her light years ahead of her Canadian competitors."
— Globe and Mail
"An unflinching indictment of North American education, politics and media."
— Toronto Star
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Author of the Canadian bestseller Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit (a Globe and Mail Best Book of the year), LAURA PENNY has a PhD in Comparative Literature, a MA in Theory and Criticism, and a BA in Contemporary Studies and English. She has worked as a bookstore clerk, a student activist, a union organizer, a university instructor, and her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Saturday Night, and Toronto Life. She lives in Halifax, where she teaches at Mount Saint Vincent University.See all Product Description
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The humor and down-to-earth language establishes both credibility and rapport with the author. So personally inspiring was this work to me, that Laura Penny just became the absolute number one could-be guest in the world I could ask over for some coffee or dinner or maybe just to hang out. She's that cool. I read the whole thing in 2 or 3 sittings, and her previous work is next on my list.
a) People who study liberal arts/ humanities are better and smarter than people who study other subjects.
b) We need a liberal government to solve our education problems, because we can trust "the brains" who are employed in the public sector but not the "bullies" in the private sector.
c) Liberal= Brains. Conservative = Idiot Bullies.
d) Public schools are the only viable option for k-12 education. All improvements, rulemaking, and funding needs to happen at the federal level.
e) People who provide tangible goods and services are are both objects of derision for their practical bent and must provide resources for those who pursue a pure education in the humanities.
I was hoping for a humorous but meaningful exploration about intellectual curiosity and social values and how they relate to problems and solutions in the educational system. This was not the book