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Murray Sperber on The Five Year Party

In today’s Pope Center piece, Prof. Murray Sperber, author of one of the best critiques of the wasteland that contemporary American higher education has become (Beer and Circus), writes about a recent entry in that field, Craig Brandon’s The Five Year Party. Sperber finds that the book raises a lot of good points, but says it would have been much better if the author had been more attentive to details, such as his sources.

Brandon’s book is another indication that the higher-education establishment’s fat years of drawing in more and more students, consuming more and more wealth, and graduating kids who have learned little or nothing are coming to an end.

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


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