Phi Beta Cons

Bertonneau, Part Deux

In this Pope Center essay, Prof. Tom Bertonneau argues that many young Americans — those who disdain books and any but the lightest reading — are sliding back into “orality,” the state that precedes literacy.

America spends great amounts of money to make sure that kids have computers in school and that classrooms are fitted up for all sorts of fancy media stuff, but we used to get much better results with a far less expensive learning tool, the book.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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