think: book review

think , by Lisa Bloom. Publisher: Vanguard Press; 1 edition (May 24, 2011) Non-fiction. Hardcover, 288 pages

As girls started seriously kicking ass at every level of education, our brains became devalued.

Without thinking clearly, without meaningful information, we suffer tragic outcomes.

Author Lisa Bloom wants women to stop focusing on celebrity news and gossip and exercise their brains. This book focuses on the dumbing down of America. Bloom points out that many women place more emphasis on pop culture and reality TV than current events, politics, government, history, reading and education. She wants women to contribute to change in the world, to go places, to learn new things, and to keep growing. She writes think in a conversational tone. It’s fast-paced and I picked up a few nuggets of information even though I feel I am quite informed—I don’t watch much TV, I read a ton and I follow current world events.

Some sobering information:

25% of young American women would rather win America’s Next Top Model than the Nobel Peace Prize.

68% of Republicans don’t’ believe in evolution, a scientific principle widely proven since the nineteenth century and replicated daily in the plant and animal kingdom.

More than two-thirds of Americans don’t know what Roe v. Wade is about, though more than one-third of American women of child-bearing age will have an abortion by age forty-five.

Less than 1% of our federal budget gets spent on foreign aid while 20% of our federal budget is spent on military aid.

According to the World Health Organization, the United States is ranked 37 in health care systems of the world.

The United States imprisons more people than any other country in the world.

American children have shorter school years than any other children throughout the world [32 hours a week compared to 53 in Denmark].

According to the National Endowment for the Arts, one third of high-school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.

Women receive 58% of the bachelor’s degrees in this country.

Only 34 percent of Americans think climate change is a serious enough problem that drastic measures need to be taken.

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