A look back at Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960 – 2010 by Charles Murray A few years ago, in 2012, the divisive author Charles Murray wrote Coming Apart ( A New York Times best-seller), to tell the story of white America. The book sees an America of two halves: on one side … Continue reading The State of White America
Review of The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere by Kevin Carey In a world where the transport, media and financial services industries are being transformed by digital innovation, one sector appears to have (so far) been resilient in the face of change: third level education. It is … Continue reading The Future of Education
Review of Jonathan Taplin's Move Fast and Break Things The aim of Taplin’s book is to demonstrate how Silicon Valley (both its literal companies and its figurative ideologies) has impacted – or corrupted – the creative industries. In order to do this, he tracks the origins of the internet itself, from early utopian ideals of … Continue reading Is the Internet broken?
Book Review: The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism by Yuval Levin, Basic Books, 2016 *Scroll down for book summary after analysis* We begin with a well-worn argument: America needs a change. People are frustrated with Washington, they are disheartened by the stagnancy of their economic situation and are bewildered by a … Continue reading What’s wrong with America?
The Smartest Kids in the World (and how they got that way) by Amanda Ripley, Simon & Schuster, NYC, 2013 The idea for this book was born out of the fact that American kids are seriously underperforming at secondary school, particularly in maths. Since 2001, the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) has been assessing the … Continue reading Review: The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley