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Common Reader 2015-2016 Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis: Anya Kamenetz

Anya Kameretz

ANYA KAMERETZ is an American writer living in Brooklyn, New York City. She is a staff writer for Fast Company magazine, a columnist for Tribune Media Services, and lead education blogger at NPR.  She joined NPR in 2014, working as part of a new initiative to coordinate on-air and online coverage of learning.  In 2010, she was named a Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post.  As a Fellow at New America Foundation, Kamenetz wrote a book, The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing–But You Don’t Have to Be,  She has appeared on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer as a spokesperson on the employment obstacles facing youth. 

BornSeptember 15, 1980 , Baltimore, MD

Kamenetz is the author of several books about the future of education. Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006), dealt with youth economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, 2010), investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. Her forthcoming book, The Test (PublicAffairs, 2015), is about the past, present and future of testing in American schools. 



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The PLACE title by Anya Kamenetz is Generation Debt

Kamenetz intertwines an analytical overview of the new economic obstacles with interviews of the financially strapped and descriptions of her own experience struggling to make ends meet as a freelance journalist. Most interestingly, Kamenetz documents how our perception of the crisis is shaped by self-centered boomers who have lost touch with their children's plight. More of a white paper than a guidebook, this volume doesn't offer under-40s much personal financial advice . It does, however, make clear how imperative it is that we find solutions to these problems as quickly as possible. 


Generation Debt offers a truly gripping account of how young Americans are being ground down by low wages, high taxes, huge student loans, sky-high housing prices, not to mention the impending retirement of their baby boomer parents.  Anya Kamenetz examines this issue from every angle and provides a riveting, rousing manifesto that will inspire everyone to take care of their financial future.

Anya Kameretz


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