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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:58 pm    Post subject: review: Real Education - Four Simple Truths... Reply with quote

great article here, esp. for highschool/college considerations:

http://www.firstprinciplesjournal.com/articles.aspx?article=1313&loc=qs

Setting Education Aright
Robert C. Jeffrey (from IR 44:2, Fall 2009) - 10/02/09

Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality
by Charles Murray (New York: Crown Forum, 2008)

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So how are these changes to occur? Mostly, facing the facts, Murray recommends “letting” change happen. It will not occur from the top down. Neither the educational bureaucrats in charge of K-12 education nor the major stakeholders in higher education can be counted on. In both areas, he seems to rely on a return to an educational realism rooted in love—a love of mothers and fathers for their children on the one hand and a love of virtue and wisdom by larger souls on the other— to, little by little, take responsibility for education out of the hyper-democratically beaten path. For example, he counts on the expanding homeschooling movement to evolve into a universe of alternative schools. But for reforms to help the bottom half, Murray does propose a campaign to alter our educational romanticism by making the facts about student achievement public. It would be interesting to see how far our democracy could really digest the truth about human inequality, even for the sake of greater human happiness and respect.

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