Bombardier Books

Why Johnny Still Can’t Read or Write or Understand Math: And What We Can Do About It


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

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.

Absurdly complicated and illogical mathematical instruction? Check. Dumbed-down reading and writing assignments? Check. Lazy and uneducated teachers? Check. Radical political indoctrination? Check.

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.