• I Love Learning; I Hate School

  • An Anthropology of College
  • By: Susan D. Blum
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 28-06-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (2 ratings)


Frustrated by her students' performance, her relationships with them, and her own daughter's problems in school, Susan D. Blum, a professor of anthropology, set out to understand why her students found their educational experiences at a top-tier institution so profoundly difficult and unsatisfying. Through her research and in conversations with her students, she discovered a troubling mismatch between the goals of the university and the needs of students.
In I Love Learning; I Hate School, Blum tells two intertwined but inseparable stories: the results of her research into how students learn contrasted with the way conventional education works and the personal narrative of how she herself was transformed by this understanding. Blum concludes that the dominant forms of higher education do not match the myriad forms of learning that help students - and people in general - master meaningful and worthwhile skills and knowledge. In this critique of higher education, Blum explains why so much is going wrong and offers suggestions for how to bring classroom learning more in line with appropriate forms of engagement.
The book is published by Cornell University Press.
©2016 Cornell University (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic reviews

"A must-read for all who care about educational improvement and renewal." (Peter Demerath, University of Minnesota)
"Susan D. Blum has written the book the majority of college faculty would write if they only had her encyclopedic knowledge, deep insight, and courage." (David F. Lancy, Utah State University)
"Beautifully written…a thoughtful, intimate slant on how to make sense of our lived experience as teachers and students." (Cathy Small, Northern Arizona University)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Much Read Photographer on 26-08-16

An eye opener

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I am only part way through this book as it gets me so angry I have to walk away for a while and then come back and listen some more. I am one of those people that did not gel with school at all and I was always puzzled as to why some teachers just didn't grasp how to connect with pupils like me. Reading this book certainly gives me a much greater understanding of the level of arrogance amongst some within the teaching profession. I think this book should be read by all teachers (holding a mirror up to themselves might make them recognise how out of touch they are with pupils) and also by parents. I am long since beyond the school age, but have come away from this book feeling even more disillusioned by the whole system: it needs a radical overhaul and this book might help to achieve that.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel_23 on 11-05-17

Un paso más allá hacia la revolución educativa

Where does I Love Learning; I Hate School rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Este libro acompaña varios títulos que hablan acerca del problema del sistema educativo actual y de la necesidad imperativa de un cambio de raíz. Es un complemento a lo ya escrito acerca del tema por grandes personajes como Ken Robinson y José Saramago, que sobresalen entre varios académicos menos conocidos que hablan de un cambio de paradigma de la educación por ya varios años.
La ventaja de este libro es en enfoque particular que se le da hacia los estudiantes y su experiencia, la manera en la que se les enseña a engañar al sistema y cómo se castiga a aquellos que no lo saben o no lo quieren hacer.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

El aspecto personal que se le da a la historia, contada como un cambio progresivo en el pensamiento de la autora, que se va dando cuenta gradualmente cómo funciona el aprendizaje y el sistema, y cómo producen resultados devastadores en el presente y futuro de miles de personas en el mundo.

What about Laura Jennings’s performance did you like?

Me gustó su dicción impecable y su ritmo. Sin embargo su tono de voz me pareció monótono y falto de emoción.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Ninguna reacción extrema, pero un sentimiento grarnde de empatía. Me sentí muy identificado con la historia. Habiendo estado varias veces en el rol de estudiante y unas cuantas en el de profesor, puedo decir que tenía ya una idea del problema del sistema de educación. Sin embargo, fue justamente al entrar al sistema de educación francés que este libro fue una gran ayuda para sobrellevar la carga académica mal equilibrada, el sistema roto y ciertos profesores que no merecen ser llamados educadores. Al entender más acerca de este sistema arcaico y decadente, tengo esperanza en que las cosas están a punto de cambiar para las nuevas generaciones.

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Este libro me dejó con la idea subyacente de contibuir a la revolución educativa desde mi propio frente. Aún no sé cómo lo voy a hacer pero sé que es necesario...

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4 out of 5 stars
By EP on 25-09-16

How Humans Learn and How Schools Get It Wrong

If you could sum up I Love Learning; I Hate School in three words, what would they be?

This is a very useful and interesting audiobook! As someone who works in the field of education, this audiobook gave me a lot to think about when it comes to the "nature" of what it means to be human-and how American schools disregard or even work in opposition to that nature.

Human beings possess an "unquenchable" drive to explore-yet school often requires teachers to "force feed" students the curriculum. Humans need to feel emotion to learn effectively-yet schools often treat emotion as if it were a nuisance. Humans are not just social, but "ultra" social-yet schools often requires students to learn and function in isolation. Lastly, humans possess bodies that were meant to move-yet schools often structure learning in a way that completely isolates mind from body.

I was amazed to discover that almost NO information learned abstractly transfers to life outside of school. For example, students who learn how to drive in a classroom setting are typically paralyzed by inaction when they must apply the classroom knowledge to driving "in the wild". Real-world learning seems to be the "gold standard " of learning-something few American schools currently offer its students.

The only thing I didn't like about this book was the way the author/narrator jumped around between topics-I would have preferred a more sequential delivery of the content.

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I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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