William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of The American Elite and The Key to a Meaningful Life reveals why your definition of an elite college education might actually be wrong.
We love this book because it reshapes conventional wisdom, exploring the idea that a degree from an Ivy League college doesn’t mean you’re set for life. You’ll want to read this before falling into the pits of “reputation” while curating your kid’s college list. Those who believe a life full of meaning starts off with an Ivy League admissions letter will be surprised at how Deresiewicz defines intelligence, leadership, and service. Don’t let your kid become an Excellent Sheep.
We read it so you don’t have to!
1) We associate academic success with maturity and emotional health. We shouldn’t.
- “Look beneath the facade of affable confidence and seamless well-adjustment that today’s elite students have learned to project,