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Why Johnny Still Can't Read or Write or Understand Math

And What We Can Do About It

Published by Bombardier Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

The current school system churns out millions of illiterates and mental zombies—but here’s how we’re going to fix it, starting today.

“Stephen King? A piker: no horror story is as harrowing as Andrew Bernstein’s must-read Why Johnny Still Can’t Read or Write or Understand Math. Bernstein tears the genteel cover off the educational system and reveals the truly shocking extent of the destruction that has been wrought by fashionable Leftist educational theories, the con men, quacks and psychopaths who have gained control of American public education over the last few decades, and the public educational system’s addiction to taxpayer funding and the latest societal trends, no matter how damaging they are to children. But Bernstein doesn’t just leave us screaming: he also offers a practical, readily applicable program for taking back the educational system and saving our children from these lunatics. If you have children in school, this is essential reading. And even if you don’t, but care about the future of society, you must not miss this all-important book.”

—Robert Spencer, bestselling author of The History of JihadDid Muhammad Exist? and The Critical Qur'an

Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents across the nation grapple with a new and horrifying understanding of just how bad our educational system has become. It all adds up to a system that seems hopelessly, terribly, and irrevocably broken. But as an educator and author, Andrew Bernstein reminds us that American education in the nineteenth through early-twentieth century was superb. This nation once knew how to turn out the brightest, most resourceful and independent-thinking people the world had ever seen. We can do it again.

About The Author

Andrew Bernstein holds a PhD in philosophy from the City University of New York. He has taught philosophy for many years in several New York–area colleges and universities. He went through the public school system K–12 in Brooklyn, NY, and has taught thousands of public high school graduates in his career. He has witnessed firsthand the decline of the American school system. He has been named “teacher of the year” at the State University of New York at Purchase and at Marymount College. He lectures across the country and around the world on a variety of topics related to education. He spent a year teaching at the American University of Bulgaria and witnessed the shocking truth that Bulgarian students very often mastered written English better than most American students.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Bombardier Books (August 23, 2022)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781637584330

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Raves and Reviews

“Stephen King? A piker: no horror story is as harrowing as Andrew Bernstein’s must-read Why Johnny Still Can’t Read or Write or Understand Math. Bernstein tears the genteel cover off the educational system and reveals the truly shocking extent of the destruction that has been wrought by fashionable Leftist educational theories, the con men, quacks and psychopaths who have gained control of American public education over the last few decades, and the public educational system’s addiction to taxpayer funding and the latest societal trends, no matter how damaging they are to children. But Bernstein doesn’t just leave us screaming: he also offers a practical, readily applicable program for taking back the educational system and saving our children from these lunatics. If you have children in school, this is essential reading. And even if you don’t, but care about the future of society, you must not miss this all-important book.”

– Robert Spencer, bestselling author of "The History of Jihad", "Did Muhammad Exist?" and "The Critical Qur'an"

“Andrew Bernstein has given us a ground-breaking tour-de-force on how the American educational system has destroyed the mind and spirit of American youth. Rich in historical detail, Bernstein traces the antecedents of the war against the human mind and the motives behind the architects of progressive education. Every American with a child should read this book. Every person interested in understanding how unchallenged idea pathogens can still contaminate even the best of minds must read this book. Bernstein provides solutions to the problems identified. In so doing, even the adult mind is inoculated against a culture bent on enshrining mediocrity and destroying greatness. This book is a work of moral heroism.”

– Jason D. Hill, author of What Do White Americans Owe Black People?

“Andrew Bernstein eloquently describes the alarming state of American public education today, explores the reasons for its decline, and offers much-needed solutions, emphasizing the crucial role of parents and the importance of school choices and privatization.”

– Nora Dimitrova Clinton, PhD, Co-Founder and President, American Research Center in Bulgaria

“With Andrew Bernstein’s charming passion, his wealth of knowledge, and his renowned ability as a master teacher, he solves the mystery of why American education has deteriorated dramatically. Who is crippling the minds of our children and how is this happening? Who are the enemies of academic training? What can you, as a parent or educator, do about it? Dr. Bernstein exposes the perpetrators of the broken American educational system, their motives, their methods, and the causes of their entrenched power. He contrasts them with the heroes and heroines in education such as Maria Montessori and Marva Collins. He shows parents, teachers, and anyone wanting children to develop a love of learning, how to “outflank” the educational establishment. What would foster a deep love of learning? This fascinating page-turner offers parents creative solutions and a glimpse into a proper education. With solid academic training, our children would finish their school years with a depth of knowledge in the key academic fields, giving them confidence in their own minds, and the independent thinking skills to pursue happiness in their own lives. Further, it would repair the crippling harm done to the self-esteem of thousands of semi-illiterate victims of our school system, heartbreaking harm that I have seen in my professional work.”

– Ellen Kenner, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

“Andrew Bernstein begins his book with an exposé of the current educational crisis and how we got there. He shows that the teachers colleges, the state and federal departments of education, and local administrators form an impenetrable fortress imposing on the schools mind-destroying educational policies. He goes on to offer solutions such as homeschooling, micro schools, small community schools and other private schools, various forms of tutoring, and ultimately, the privatization of government schools. It is in our rational self-interest to study Why Johnny Can’t Read or Write or Understand Math and advocate for the changes suggested.”

– Edwin Thompson, Founder, Conceptual Education Fellowship

“Andrew Bernstein has written a book for our time. No topic in American cultural life is hotter right now than education, and Why Johnny Still Can't Read or Write or Understand Math is going to shake-up how Americans see the government school system. With an avalanche of evidence, withering logic, powerful analysis, and crystal clear prose, Bernstein smashes the argument for Progressive education and government schooling with a philosophic hammer. If you love your children, you must read this book. If you read this book, you must pull your kids from America's government schools. It's that simple. #JustWalkAway.”

– C. Bradley Thompson, author, America's Revolutionary Mind

“In his newest book, Dr. Andrew Bernstein leads us along a clear path to understanding one of the greatest tragedies that has been unfolding within our culture. Why Johnny Still Can’t Read—Or Write or Understand Math” is a straight-forward, objective review of current American education, including its historical roots, the shifts in ideas that influenced the purpose, content and methods of teaching, and the resulting horrific impact on American children. Then, he gives us hope. Bernstein provides brutally honest evaluations of where parents are stonewalled and unlikely to affect systemic change in the public schools. But he also identifies a variety of small and larger efforts parents can make to help their children gain the knowledge and skills they need to become independent thinkers who can live well and flourish. This book provides sound practical advice that any parent can adopt to substantially improve his/her child’s education. This book is a must read for anyone sincerely concerned to improve education in this country.”

– Lori Rice, Ph.D., Behavioral Scientist

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