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Sykes, Charles J. 1954-

Overview
Works: 52 works in 122 publications in 7 languages and 7,908 library holdings
Genres: Directories 
Roles: Author, Illustrator, Editor
Classifications: LA227.3, 373.73
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Charles J Sykes
Dumbing down our kids : why America's children feel good about themselves but can't read, write, or add by Charles J Sykes( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and Spanish and held by 1,717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sykes concludes with a checklist for parents, students, and teachers who want to evaluate their schools, and a series of recommendations to restore quality learning to America
ProfScam : professors and the demise of higher education by Charles J Sykes( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 1,290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A nation of victims : the decay of the American character by Charles J Sykes( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 1,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Sykes's ProfScam sparked a furious debate over the mission and the failure of our universities. Now he turns his attention to an even more controversial subject. A Nation of Victims is the first book on the startling decay of the American backbone and the disease that is causing it. The spread of victimism has been widely noted in the media; indeed, its symptoms have produced best-selling books, fueled television ratings, spawned hundreds of support groups, and enriched tens of thousands of lawyers across the country. The plaint of the victim - Its not my fault - has become the loudest and most influential voice in America, an instrument of personal and lasting political change. In this incisive, pugnacious, frequently hilarious book, Charles Sykes reveals a society that is tribalizing, where individuals and groups define themselves not by shared culture, but by their status as victims. Victims of parents, of families, of men, of women, of the workplace, of sex, of stress, of drugs, of food, of college reading lists, of personal physical characteristics - these and a host of other groups are engaged in an ever-escalating fight for attention, sympathy, money, and legal or governmental protection. What's going on and how did we get to this point? Sykes traces the inexorable rise of the therapeutic culture and the decline of American self-reliance. With example after example, he shows how victimism has co-opted the genuine victories of the civil-rights movement for less worthy goals. And he offers hope: the prospect of a culture of renewed character, where society lends compassion to those who truly need it. Like Shelby Steele, Charles Murray, and Dinesh D'Souza, Charles Sykes defines the ground of what will be a significant national debate
The end of privacy by Charles J Sykes( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The End of Privacy, Charles J. Sykes traces the roots of privacy in our nation's founding and Constitution and reveals its inexorable erosion in our time. From our homes and offices to the presidency, Sykes defines what we have lost, citing example after example of citizens who have had their conversations monitored, movements surveilled, medical and financial records accessed, sexual preferences revealed, homes invaded, possessions confiscated, and even lives threatened - all in the name of some alleged higher social or governmental good. Sykes concludes by suggesting steps by which we might begin to recover the territory we've lost: our fundamental right to our own lives."--Jacket
The hollow men : politics and corruption in higher education by Charles J Sykes( Book )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A nation of moochers : America's addiction to getting something for nothing by Charles J Sykes( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: Have we reached a tipping point where more Americans depend on the efforts of others than on their own? Are we becoming a nation of moochers? In A Nation of Moochers, Charles J. Sykes argues that we are already very close to that point, if we have not already crossed the line. From the corporate bailouts on Wall Street, to enormous pension, healthcare, and other entitlement costs, to questionable tax exemptions for businesses and individuals, to the alarming increases in personal default and dependency, the new moocher culture cuts across lines of class, race, and private and public sectors. A Nation of Moochers explores the shift in the American character as well as the economy. Much of the anger of the current political climate stems from the realization by millions of Americans that they are being forced to pay for the greed-driven problems of other people and corporations; increasingly, those who plan and behave sensibly are being asked to bail out the profligate. Sykes' argument is not against compassion or legitimate charity, but distinguishes between definable needs and the moocher culture, in which self-reliance and personal responsibility have given way to mass grasping after entitlements, tax breaks, benefits, bailouts, and other forms of feeding at the public trough. Persuasively argued and wryly entertaining, A Nation of Moochers is a rallying cry for Americans who are tired of playing by the rules and paying for those who don't
Fail U. : the false promise of higher education by Charles J Sykes( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The cost of a college degree has increased by 1,125% since 1978 - four times the rate of inflation. Total student debt is $1.3 trillion. Many private universities charge tuitions ranging from $60-70,000 per year. Nearly 2/3 of all college students must borrow to study, and the average student graduates with more than $30,000 in debt. 53% of college graduates under 25 years old are unemployed or underemployed (working part-time or in low-paying jobs that do not require college degrees). Professors - remember them? - rarely teach undergraduates at many major universities. 76% of all university classes are taught by part-time, untenured faculty. In Fail U., Charles J. Sykes asks, "Is it worth it?" With chapters exploring the staggering costs of a college education, the sharp decline in tenured faculty and teaching loads, the explosion of administrator jobs, the grandiose building plans (gyms, food courts, student recreation centers), and the hysteria surrounding the "epidemic" of campus rapes, "triggers," "micro-aggressions," and other forms of alleged trauma, Fail U. concludes by offering a different vision of higher education; one that is affordable, more productive, and better-suited to meet the needs of a diverse range of students. Provocative, persuasive, clear-eyed, and even amusing, Fail U. strips the academic emperor of its clothes to reveal the American university system as it really is - and how it must change"--
The National Review college guide : America's 50 top liberal arts schools( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book discusses America's top 50 Liberal Arts schools
50 rules kids won't learn in school : real world antidotes to feel-good education by Charles J Sykes( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in Chinese and English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Identifies fifty life lessons about surviving in the real world that parents can use for a range of constructive benefits, in a primer that features such tips as "Life is not fair. Get used to it" and "Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity."
The hollow men : politics and corruption in higher education by Charles J Sykes( )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

College curriculums which once were centered around instruction in the classics of Western civilization have become smorgasbords where almost anything qualifies as a course in the liberal arts and where political conformity is enforced by professors. Stanford University, caving in to demands from the Black Student Union ("We don't want to read any more dead white guys"), removed Homer, Dante, Luther, Darwin, and Freud from its course on Western civilization. At Dartmouth, a professor of Women's Studies describes the goal of her program as, simply, "the reconstruction of reality." Sykes calls the abandonment of the great books a "startling triumph for unreason," and shows how American higher education is turning out hollow men and women--apathetic, ignorant, and empty of the civilizational patrimony that should be theirs
50 Regeln, die Kinder nicht in der Schule lernen by Charles J Sykes( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in German and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

50 règles que les jeunes n'apprendront pas à l'école : de réels antidotes à une éducation permissive by Charles J Sykes( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in French and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profscam by Charles J Sykes( Recording )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Journalist Charles Sykes examines the academic culture of the American professoriate and finds it distinctly lacking in redeeming traits. What the American university professor is trying to do, Sykes argues, is to turn American universities into professorial clubs where deviation from the party line means expulsion and exile, where perks are paramount, and where taxpayers, parents, and students--who pay the bills--are treated with the utmost contempt. Sykes demonstrates how professors have played upon the public's esteem for education to shower themselves with benefits, to elevate the universities into sacred institutions where there is no viable authority aside from that of the professors, and--most cynically of all--to utterly devalue education by trying to destroy any idea of a coherent university curriculum
A nation of victims by Charles J Sykes( Recording )

2 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows how victimism has co-opted the genuine victories of the civil rights movement for less worthy goals
50 điều trường họ̣̣c không dạy bạn by Charles J Sykes( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in Vietnamese and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tradition at risk : undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina by Charles J Sykes( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best of Imprimis( Recording )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best of Imprimis( Recording )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daigaku kyōju chōsho( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in Japanese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My evening hours, and other poems by Charles J Sykes( Book )

1 edition published in 1870 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Dumbing down our kids : why America's children feel good about themselves but can't read, write, or add
Alternative Names
Sykes, Charles

Sykes, Charles 1954-

사이키스, 찰스 J

サイクス, C. J.

サイクス, チャールズ・J

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ProfScam : professors and the demise of higher educationA nation of victims : the decay of the American characterThe end of privacyThe hollow men : politics and corruption in higher educationThe National Review college guide : America's 50 top liberal arts schools50 rules kids won't learn in school : real world antidotes to feel-good educationThe hollow men : politics and corruption in higher educationProfscam