Yes!" I shouted over and over as I listened to the audio book in my car. "Yes!" This book is an eye-opener.
Over the last century, our society has come to favor extroversion over introversion. Historically, the opposite was true. Quiet people were considered wiser. Moral virtue was more important than personality. Cain shows how with the rise of business culture in the US in the early 20th century, all this began to reverse.
Schools teach group learning because they think kids need this model to survive in the business world. But in both pod-centered classrooms and "wall-free open offices," constant interruptions to thought, reflection, and creativity are a detriment to good work and thinking, not a benefit.
Studies show that most students learn better individually, not in groups. In groups the extroverts take over. Ideas presented with personality and charisma gain credibility, even if they are weaker than ideas presented quietly. The same is true of the hallowed business brain-storming sessions.