More Money Than Brains: Why Schools Suck, College is Crap, and Idiots Think They're Right

More Money Than Brains Why Schools Suck College is Crap and Idiots Think They re Right 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 than education and loud mouth ig

  • Title: More Money Than Brains: Why Schools Suck, College is Crap, and Idiots Think They're Right
  • Author: Laura Penny
  • ISBN: 9780771070488
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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 CanadianOne 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 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.

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    1. Laura Penny

      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.

    610 thoughts on “More Money Than Brains: Why Schools Suck, College is Crap, and Idiots Think They're Right”

    1. Laura Penny's diatribe against some of the idiotic attitudes that dominate American culture is well-writen and fun to read. And she, being Canadian, doesn't let her country off the hook for some of the same lame-brained attitudes and behaviors. Penny rails against America's longstanding anti-intellectualism (quoting Richard Hofstader's 1963 masterpiece "Anti-intellectualism in American life"), free-market fundamentalism and the worship of money ("The irony is that our overwhelming emphasis on mo [...]


    2. The sub-title, Why School Sucks, College is Crap, and Idiots Think They’re Right, more or less sums up both the content and the style. In a style that combines scholarly writing with profanity and new-speak, Penny makes a number of points about how our society has its values skewed. While we say we value education, we’re really anti-intellectual and value only what makes money. She makes a good case for the value of a liberal arts education. However, given her likely readership, I fear she [...]


    3. I cannot fathom how Ms. Penny has such a paltry following on this site of supposed readers. Perhaps it has to do with here incisive intellectual wit and avoidance of monoslyabic terminology.I patiently await her next insightful ranting. May it happen soon!


    4. Efforts to paint Ignatieff as a tourist, a mere visitor in his own land, play on the idea that intellectuals are always foreigners, outsiders from some theoretical fairyland. We see an even more extreme version of this notion in the Birther conspiracies that allege Obama was not born in America.The small-town values message—on both sides of the forty-ninth parallel—is clear. Real patriots stay wherever Jesus and their mama’s cooter drop ‘em.***Laura Penny’s second book is a sometimes s [...]


    5. This book is like a Rick Mercer rant on steroids. Although there were many parts throughout the book that I really enjoyed, Laura Penny clearly has an inferiority complex.


    6. Great book. Loved the author's humor and writing (quick, witty, swears often). A lot of memorable quotes found in this wee book. The book focused on universities, media, school systems, and politics (all important areas and root causes of the money-vs-brains debate). I actually wish the book was longer as I know there is just so much to say about this topic and I felt that this book just grazed the surface. Lastly, I totally loved the shout out to the movie Idiocracy! Anyone (pessimistic) wonder [...]


    7. I have three university-aged children and an ex-husband who teaches at a university. My youngest son is starting at a liberal arts college this fall, and when I saw the subject of this book, I had to pick it up. I took a "practical" first degree myself, and have all my life wished I was more educated, rather than trained.Penny's discussion of the dumbing down of academia and the rejection of intelligence reads so true as I hear it from my kids - the total focus on jobs as vs. learning how to thi [...]


    8. A informative book for anyone undergoing or about to undergo secondary education. Penny's book reminds me of a chapter in Jane Jacobs' book "Dark Age Ahead" called "Credentialing vesus Educating" in which secondary education is geared towards obtaining those prestigious acronyms following your name rather than actually learning something. I am not convinced that there really is a conflict of "bullies vs nerd" as Penny suggests. It seems that the two high school foes have grown up to become workp [...]


    9. In this reviews totally not humble opinion, Laura Penny's hilarious take on the avarice and anti-intellectualism running rampant in our society is destined to become a classic. Dr. Penny does not simply skewer our poor school systems and fixation on wealth and fame, she impales it with extreme prejudice.As sociopolitical/economic analysis, More Money than Brains leaves no stone unturned and no finger un-pointed (though depending on the finger she sometimes points it straight up). Dr. Penny sugge [...]


    10. Laura Penny is sure fired up. The English prof makes some very compelling arguments about the value of an education in the humanities, but her vitriol sometimes becomes a tad overbearing. She is right to decry the idiocy displayed by the wingnuts on the fringe of the far-right but it does wear a little thin by the end of this short book. She holds nothing back when attacking the tea-bagging, money-minded, Dubya (or Harper)-backing brigade but is conspicuously silent when it comes to the extremis [...]


    11. I couldn't get past the middle of chapter 2. This book reads like a diary, lots of opinions, nothing to back them up and extremely cynical about the lack of intelligence of the general public. The author appears very defensive and even says herself that often she can't find any meaning in her own chosen profession - a university professor. I am also a Nova Scotia and a teacher - but of elementary school aged children. I am sorry that Ms. Penny is so jaded but I certainly feel that there is much [...]


    12. I really enjoyed reading about the Canadian side of the Idiocracy. It's easy for us to look down on the US (and about 2/3 of the examples are from the US), but we have our own problems with anti-intellectualism here too. I picked up the book thinking it would just re-hash arguments that are all over the internet, but she made some points and had some info I hadn't heard before. I really enjoyed her writing style as well.


    13. No political correctness here - Penny lays it all out in refreshing candidness: what's wrong with education (at all levels), politics, and contemporary life in general in Canada and the U.S. .Described as a sort of grumpy Naomi Klein, Penny frequently uses blunt language, but can get away with it as her fierce intelligence shines through in everything she rages about. Highly recommended (as is her previous book: Your call is important to us: the truth about bullshit).


    14. More funny than enlightening.Penny is definitely preaching to the choir - this is not a book I'd recommend to change anyone's mind. It's also not a book that brings up many new issues. If you're of a similar mindset, though, it is an entertaining read.


    15. Didn't really care for this book. In fact, I never finished it. Too much rhetoric about politics and Liberal vs. Conservative views. I was hoping for some more social commentary, not just her venting about how difficult her life is as a University Professor.


    16. This book was written with passion and was a pretty accurate description of North America in the past few years. It was funny at times and hard hitting soft landings in this book.I also agreed with her assessment of intellectualism and our educational institutes. Good read!


    17. The ideas are fun, though not original to Penny, but the archly ironic slang and facetiousness got to me. Since her topic involves the importance of thinking well and not dumbing down ideas, all the jokey, self-consciously facetious language feels condescending.



    18. A fun read -- describing the world today. Attacking both sides of the political spectrum she makes the case that education is more than a way station onto a "real" job.



    19. a wonderful, snarky defense of the humanities against the money-minded who think the only thing worth learning is how to make (or steal) a buck.



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