A groundbreaking manifesto for people searching for
the kind of insight on leading, thinking, and living that elite schools should
As a professor at Yale, Bill
Deresiewicz saw something that troubled him deeply. His students, some of the
nation’s brightest minds, were adrift when it came to the big questions: how to
think critically and creatively, and how to find a sense of purpose.
Excellent Sheep takes
a sharp look at the high-pressure conveyor belt that begins with parents and
counselors who demand perfect grades and culminates in the skewed applications
Deresiewicz saw firsthand as a member of Yale’s admissions committee. As schools
shift focus from the humanities to “practical” subjects like economics and
computer science, students are losing the ability to think in innovative ways.
Deresiewicz explains how college should be a time for self-discovery, when
students can establish their own values and measures of success, so they can
forge their own path. He addresses parents, students, educators, and anyone who
is interested in the direction of American society, featuring quotes from real
students and graduates he has corresponded with over the years, candidly
exposing where the system is broken and clearly presenting solutions. Download and start listening now!