Generation X goes to college: an eye-opening account of teaching in postmodern America

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Open Court, May 1, 1996 - Education - 208 pages
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This is an incredible, amusing, horrifying, yet true story, in which all names have been changed to protect the guilty.

It tells how the author, a journalist turned college professor, came face to face with Generation X: jaded, unachieving, highly demanding yet lacking any respect for standards or intelligence.

To survive, the author had to give up old-fashioned educational goals in exchange for mindless titillation and coming across as a cool and unassuming guy. Partly as a wry experiment, Sacks decided to pursue this approach remorselessly, treating his twenty-something students like a kindergarten playgroup, and by so doing he became a spectacular 'success' as a 'teacher'.

"Peter Sacks's from-the-trenches account of contemporary college teachings makes for a disturbing read. But wake-up calls always are, and this one means to take no prisoners where the dumbing down of higher education is concerned. It will certainly shock and probably offend, but anyone who ignores its assessments does so at our collective peril". -- Sanford Pinsker Editor, Academic Questions

"So far the best depiction of these attitudes is in the new book, Generation X Goes to College .... the book goes well beyond conventional arguments about slackers, entitlement and dumbing down". -- John Leo U.S. News & World Report

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As a Generation X, born 1965, there were no cell phones or portable tvs in college. We did not wear our baseball hats backwards. The review of this book makes my skin crawl! Clearly the author has ... Read full review

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Pretty entertaining (ha) and insightful read, but the last section of the book bored me. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Oliver Sacks is the author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, An Anthropologist on Mars and many other books, for which he has received numerous awards. He lives in New York City.

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