"A searing and important critique of our morally bankrupt educational system.
Chris Hedges, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist
"Excellent Sheep challenges parents to break from the herd mentality." —
Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter
"Read this book to remember what learning should be, and then pass it along to the next sheep who should leave the flock behind." —
Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones
"A true teacher speaks here. He has my admiration and my gratitude." —
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About the Author
William Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic, a frequent speaker at colleges, high schools, and other venues, and the best-selling author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. He taught English at Yale and Columbia before becoming a full-time writer in 2008.
Bill has published more than 250 essays and reviews. He has won the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, the Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, and a Sydney Award; he is also a three-time National Magazine Award nominee. His work, which has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper's, The Nation, The New Republic, The American Scholar,and many other publications, has been translated into 17 languages and anthologized in more than 30 college and scholastic readers. He has spoken at over 100 educational and other venues and has held visiting positions at Bard, Scripps, and Claremont McKenna Colleges. In November 2019, he will serve as the Knapp Chair of Liberal Arts at the University of San Diego.
Bill’s previous book is A Jane Austen Education. He is completing a book about how artists (writers, musicians, visual artists, and others) are making a living in the digital economy, to be published by Henry Holt in 2020.
Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of Tivnu: Building Justice, a Jewish social-justice gap year in Portland, Oregon, and of the Advisory Council of Project Wayfinder, which runs purpose-learning programs in schools across the United States and beyond. He is a Contributing Editor at the American Scholar and a Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.
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