More Money Than Brains

More Money Than Brains : Why School Sucks, College Is Crap, & Idiots Think They're Right

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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 more 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. "From the Hardcover edition."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 132 x 200 x 16mm | 240.4g
  • MCCLELLAND & STEWART
  • Emblem Editions
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0771070497
  • 9780771070495
  • 943,938

About Laura Penny

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.show more

Review quote

"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.""show more

Table of contents

One Don’t Need No Edjumacation Two At the Arse End of the Late, Great Enlightenment Three Is Our Schools Sucking? Four Screw U or Hate My Professors Five Bully vs. Nerd: On the Persistence of Freedumb in Political Life Six More Is Less: The Media-Entertainment Perplex Seven If You’re So Smart, Why Ain’t You Rich?   Notes From the Hardcover edition.show more

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