The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism

In 1987, Allan Bloom s The Closing of the American Mind was published a wildly popular book that drew attention to the shift in American culture away from the tenants that made America and Americans unique Bloom focused on a breakdown in the American curriculum, but many sensed that the issue affected than education The very essence of what it meant to be an AmericIn 1987, Allan Bloom s The Closing of the American Mind was published a wildly popular book that drew attention to the shift in American culture away from the tenants that made America and Americans unique Bloom focused on a breakdown in the American curriculum, but many sensed that the issue affected than education The very essence of what it meant to be an American was disappearing That was over twenty years ago Since then, the United States has experienced unprecedented wealth, youth enrolling in higher education than ever before, and technology advancements far beyond what many in the 1980s dreamed possible And yet, the state of the American mind seems to have deteriorated further Benjamin Franklin s self made man has become a man dependent on the state Independence has turned into self absorption Liberty has been curtailed in the defense of multiculturalism In order to fully grasp the underpinnings of this shift away from the self reliant, well informed American, editors Mark Bauerlein and Adam Bellow have brought together a group of cultural and educational experts to discuss the root causes of the decline of the American mind The writers of these fifteen original essays include E D Hirsch, Nicholas Eberstadt, and Dennis Prager, as well as Daniel Dreisbach, Gerald Graff, Richard Arum, Robert Whitaker, David T Z Mindich, Maggie Jackson, Jean Twenge, Jonathan Kay, Ilya Somin, Steve Wasserman, Greg Lukianoff, and R R Reno Their essays are compiled into three main categories States of Mind Indicators of Intellectual and Cognitive Decline These essays broach specific mental deficiencies among the population, including lagging cultural IQ, low Biblical literacy, poor writing skills, and over medication Personal and Cognitive Habits Interests These essays turn to specific mental behaviors and interests, including avoidance of the news, short attention spans, narcissism, and conspiracy obsessions National Consequences These essays examine broader trends affecting populations and institutions, including rates of entitlement claims, voting habits, and a low performing higher education system The State of the American Mind is both an assessment of our current state as well as a warning, foretelling what we may yet become For anyone interested in the intellectual fate of America, The State of the American Mind offers an accessible and critical look at life in America and how our collective mind is faring.
The State of the American Mind Leading Critics on the New Anti Intellectualism In Allan Bloom s The Closing of the American Mind was published a wildly popular book that drew attention to the shift in American culture away from the tenants that made America and Americans u

  • Title: The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism
  • Author: Mark Bauerlein Adam Bellow
  • ISBN: 9781599474588
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. I just happened to be watching Best of Enemies on Netflix the same day that I finished this book, and by sheer coincidence (I suppose), both works end on a similar grievance. At the end of the documentary, which features the Gore Vidal/William F. Buckley debates of 1968, Eric Alterman and a couple of other figures lament the rise of partisan news channels, featuring talking heads yelling at each other and thereby contributing to the partitioning and atomization of American citizens.Because Vidal [...]

    2. Summary: The contributors in this volume chart the factors contributing to and consequences of what they see as a declining intellectual life in the United States.In 1987, Allan Bloom expounded upon what he saw as The Closing of the American Mind. This volume, in a cover reminiscent of the former book carries that exposition forward by nearly thirty years. If anything, it appears in the minds of these contributors, we have only gone from bad to worse, as the editors state in their opening essay. [...]

    3. A series of essays on the decline of American knowledge and intellect. While there are some good points made about how young people are spending more time on Facebook and texting with friends instead of learning, the whole book comes across as if written by the "Old People's Get Off My Lawn Society." Why insist people spend more time reading newspapers with their children? How many still get a paper delivered? Perhaps they meant to say discussing the news. It is the same thing, but just shows th [...]

    4. Remarkable collection of essays, interesting with good arguments even though I mainly disagree with them. This book took me out of my bubble and lead me to see the american society with a different perspective. I still have the same opinion but at least I better understand the 'opposite' view on the addressed matters. Moreover, I were able to think about counter-arguments against their view, and develop better arguments to support my personal view. This book made me grew up in a sense.

    5. A bit cranky; bordering on libertarian orthodoxy in some spots. But still interesting. Appreciated Hirch's explanation of cultural literacy and some of the more data-driven articles. Worth picking up from the library.

    6. Excellent collection of essaysBauerlein and Bellow have collected a thoughtful selection of essays on the American Mind - what is it? why is it in decline? how do we know this? who is responsible?

    7. I would put this on skip list. Bloom's polemic was interesting, and the CSPAN program with Bellow intrigued me, but this collection of essays wasn't coherent and it seemed like another voice decrying the attention span shortened life today.

    8. Pres. Obama was right! we are all lazy, ignorant, rednecks!! Just kidding. Nothing new in this collection- but, a lot of good stuff to chew on- if you are not a lazy, ignorant, redneck.

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