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  • I Hate the Ivy League

  • Riffs and Rants on Elite Education
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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I Hate the Ivy League

By: Malcolm Gladwell
Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
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From Malcolm Gladwell’s hit podcast Revisionist History comes a compendium about one of his greatest obsessions: education.

Malcolm Gladwell has long relished the opportunity to skewer the upper echelons of higher education, from the institution of U.S. News & World Report’s Best College rankings to the LSATs to the luxe Bowdoin College cafeteria. I Hate the Ivy League: Riffs and Rants on Elite Education, upends the traditional thinking around how education should work and tries to get to the bottom of why we often reward the wrong people. The higher education system follows a hierarchy that was created to primarily benefit top-tier, elite, well-off students, but Gladwell wants to find out how we can do a better job at educating the middle and make education more affordable, fair, and open to all. 

Why is Gladwell so obsessed with American education? The foreword and afterword of I Hate the Ivy League explains, framing this carefully curated selection of Revisionist History episodes. If you’ve never listened to Revisionist History, this collection is a thoughtful introduction to the long-running podcast, and if you’re already a fan, it allows for careful re-examination of the important issues at hand: how do we really determine what matters most when it comes to educating our children? 

Please note: This collection includes content that has been released in the podcast series.

©2021 Malcolm Gladwell (P)2021 Pushkin Industries

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its a pod cast not a book

I love Malcolm's books and I wonder at the way his brain works. This was not one of the greats or good for that matter even worth the money. Not all bad but close too.

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This is a podcast collection not a book.

Don’t buy if you think this is a book. It’s a collection of his podcasts that you can listen to for free. It’s super interesting but not a book.

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Perfect book to listen to

The interview style of the book was excellent. Malcolm's explanations were thorough and very entertaining. Loved this book and wanted it to be longer.

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Be better USA

As an Australian, I think we have a university system not entirely dissimilar to Malcon Gladwell's Canadian experience and I too am equally astonished at how the American system fails to deliver anything remotely looking like equality. I hope Malcolm's advocation can be a catalyst for change.

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Perfect

Gladwell perfectly articulates everything I felt was wrong about “elite” education, but couldn’t quite put my finger on. Highly recommend this.

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Brilliant Book

This clearly shows how white privilege is promoted over coloured people's right to a fair, affordable and equitable education. Thank you Malcolm for continuing to highlight the flaws in the system.

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Great anthology

Leonard Susskind said something of Richard Feynman that went something like, “He made you feel like he was smart, like you were smart and together you could solve anything.” That’s often how I feel reading or listening to Malcolm. There is a lot here for anyone who has ever been the teacher or the student, for the American, Canadian and also for for the rest of us.

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