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I Love Learning; I Hate School

An Anthropology of College
Narrated by: Laura Jennings
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
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Frustrated by her students' performance, her relationships with them, and her own daughter's problems in school, Susan D. Blum, a professor of anthropology, set out to understand why her students found their educational experiences at a top-tier institution so profoundly difficult and unsatisfying. Through her research and in conversations with her students, she discovered a troubling mismatch between the goals of the university and the needs of students.

In I Love Learning; I Hate School, Blum tells two intertwined but inseparable stories: the results of her research into how students learn contrasted with the way conventional education works and the personal narrative of how she herself was transformed by this understanding. Blum concludes that the dominant forms of higher education do not match the myriad forms of learning that help students - and people in general - master meaningful and worthwhile skills and knowledge. In this critique of higher education, Blum explains why so much is going wrong and offers suggestions for how to bring classroom learning more in line with appropriate forms of engagement.

The book is published by Cornell University Press.

©2016 Cornell University (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"A must-read for all who care about educational improvement and renewal." (Peter Demerath, University of Minnesota)
"Susan D. Blum has written the book the majority of college faculty would write if they only had her encyclopedic knowledge, deep insight, and courage." (David F. Lancy, Utah State University)
"Beautifully written…a thoughtful, intimate slant on how to make sense of our lived experience as teachers and students." (Cathy Small, Northern Arizona University)

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I am only part way through this book as it gets me so angry I have to walk away for a while and then come back and listen some more. I am one of those people that did not gel with school at all and I was always puzzled as to why some teachers just didn't grasp how to connect with pupils like me. Reading this book certainly gives me a much greater understanding of the level of arrogance amongst some within the teaching profession. I think this book should be read by all teachers (holding a mirror up to themselves might make them recognise how out of touch they are with pupils) and also by parents. I am long since beyond the school age, but have come away from this book feeling even more disillusioned by the whole system: it needs a radical overhaul and this book might help to achieve that.

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