Magazine July 6, 2015, Issue

The Way We Teach Today

The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism, edited by Mark Bauerlein and Adam Bellow (Templeton, 280 pp., $27.95)

‘The effect of Dewey’s philosophy on the design of curricular systems was devastating,” Richard Hofstadter wrote over 50 years ago in his Pulitzer Prize–winning book Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Mark Bauerlein and Adam Bellow have edited a superb collection of essays on different aspects of American culture and life that extends, deepens, and updates Hofstadter’s critique of the naïve and feckless naturalism of John Dewey that now pervades and eviscerates our culture.

The editors rightly give pride of place in their volume to a lead essay by the literary theorist and educational reformer E. D. Hirsch Jr., of the University of

M. D. Aeschliman is professor emeritus of education at Boston University and recently retired after teaching Anglophone culture for 25 years at the University of Italian Switzerland. The new edition of his The Restoration of Man: C.S. Lewis and the Continuing Case against Scientism was published by Discovery Institute Press (Seattle) in 2019 and in French by Pierre Téqui (Paris) in 2020. The French edition reprints several of his essays. He has published new editions of novels by Charles Dickens (2012) and Malcolm Muggeridge (1987).

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Judging Lee-Rubio

Of the top three candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, judging from the RealClearPolitics average of national polls, only one has released a detailed tax plan: Marco Rubio, the senator ...
Politics & Policy

Not Me

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Features

Politics & Policy

The Campus-Rape Lie

There is a lie that is sweeping American higher education — a lie so compelling that it is motivating the systematic violation of constitutional rights, transforming the most intimate of ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

¿Se Habla Coulter?

Ann Coulter is bold, brash, provocative, talented, fearless, witty, and outrageous. If she were on the left, she’d be lionized. (Lionessized?) She’d be widely regarded as an adornment to society. ...
Politics & Policy

The Way We Teach Today

‘The effect of Dewey’s philosophy on the design of curricular systems was devastating,” Richard Hofstadter wrote over 50 years ago in his Pulitzer Prize–winning book Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Mark ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Cold Comfort Ian Tuttle’s article on a proposed road through congressionally designated wilderness in Alaska (“Deadly Environmentalism,” June 22) omitted several salient facts. While people on both sides of the issue respect ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Bruce Jenner is female, Rachel Dolezal is black, and Donald Trump is a presidential contender. ‐ Just because she’s an uninspiring figure doesn’t mean she can’t win. Hillary Clinton gave ...
Athwart

She Said She Said

Hillary’s speeches are like Roman candles that blurp out wet clods of sawdust — a flash, perhaps, but no sparkle, no light. In her Roosevelt Island rebooted reset retooled relaunch, ...
The Long View

@donaldjtrump­potus

From the Twitter feed of @donaldjtrump­potus The USA turnaround starts tomorrow as soon as I take the oath of office and attend to a few personal duties such as negotiating a ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

SEX IN THE ENGLISH GARDEN Light, feathery Astilbe Sways gently in the breeze, Afraid she always will be Faint fluff beneath the trees Concealing dear Sweet William, Who rings each foxglove’s bell Mid coreopsis ruffles, White lily, like ...
Happy Warrior

Not Avid for Ovid

Not long ago, four members of the Columbia University Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board wrote a letter of complaint to the university alleging that the study of classic works of Western ...

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