Coker Library to Host Free Book Discussion on November 15

For more information, contact Christian Stryker - 843.383.8068

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Coker College library will be sponsoring book discussions throughout the 2010-11 academic year. The next discussion will take place on Monday, November 15 at 11:00 a.m. in the Charles and Joan S. Coker Library-Information Technology Center.

Dr. Joseph Rubinstein, Coker College Professor of Education, will lead the discussion on Charles Murray’s 2008 book, Real Education.

According to The School Library Journal, “Murray (Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950–1980; coauthor, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life) proposes four "simple truths"—ability varies, half of all children are below average, too many people are going to college, and America's future depends on how we educate the gifted—for parents, educators, and policymakers to confront. The current focus of the educational system, Murray contends, of educating all children to the same level and holding them to the same standards (i.e., No Child Left Behind) ignores these four truths and attempts to prepare most children to earn a B.A., though many of them are not suited for college and would be happier and more productive in different careers. He suggests that bachelor's degrees should be reserved for students with the ability and interest in careers requiring it and instead there should be a series of national certifications to show what a job candidate can actually do. Murray's argument is controversial but well researched. His book is highly recommended for public and academic libraries.—Mark Bay, Cumberland Coll. Lib., Williamsburg, KY “

All book discussions are free and open to the public.

For more information on the Coker Library 2010-11 book discussions call 383-8125 or visit cokerlibrary.blogspot.com.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

 
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