The Learning of Liberty

From the June/July 1994 Print Edition

Independence won, George Washington faced a near-mutiny of his officers, unwilling to return to civilian life until their arrears of salary had been paid. Washington appeared unexpectedly at a meeting of the officers and gave an impassioned appeal to reason and moderation, to the men’s duty, . . . . Continue Reading »

War in the Classroom

From the January 1994 Print Edition

Battleground: The Religious Right, Its Opponents, and the Struggle for Our Schools by Stephen Bates Poseidon Press, 365 pages, $24 The 1983 protest by a group of parents in Hawkins County, Tennessee, against certain stories and themes in the public school reading series prescribed for their . . . . Continue Reading »

Educating for Freedom?

From the April 1993 Print Edition

An Aristocracy of Everyone: The Politics of Education and The Future of America by Benjamin R. Barber Ballantine Books, 370 pages, $20 “In the spring of 1988,” writes Benjamin Barber, a professor of political science at Rutgers, “[University] President Edward Bloustein gave a . . . . Continue Reading »

The Blackboard Bungle

From the June/July 1992 Print Edition

Ed School Follies: The Miseducation Of America’s Teachers by Rita Kramer Free Press, 228 pages, $22.95 In her lively new study based upon fourteen schools of education across the country, Rita Kramer skewers two quite distinct forms of folly. One form of folly is the attempt by a few of the . . . . Continue Reading »

Schools on Purpose

From the June/July 1990 Print Edition

For each of the past twenty-one years the Gallup Organization has conducted a nationwide poll on attitudes of the American public toward education. The latest results, like others in recent years, show an apparent contradiction between strong support for more parent choice among schools, and . . . . Continue Reading »