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Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education Hardcover – January 1, 2004

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About the Author

Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. in 1974 from Arkansas State University, graduating with the highest distinction. He received his M.A. in Government in 1976 and his Ph.D. in Government in 1985 from the Claremont Graduate School. He also studied in England from 1977 to 1980, first as a research student in International History at the London School of Economics, and then in Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford University. While in England, he also served as director of research for Martin Gilbert, now Sir Martin, of Merton College, Oxford, and the official biographer of Winston Churchill. He returned to the United States in 1980 to become an editor for Public Research, Syndicated, and from 1985-2000 he served as president of the Claremont Institute, an education and research institution based in Southern California. While at Claremont, he was the founding chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative, which was passed by California voters in 1996 and prohibited racial preferences in state hiring, contracting and admissions.

 

Dr. Arnn is on the board of directors of the Heritage Foundation, the Army War College, the Henry Salvatori Center of Claremont McKenna College and the Claremont Institute. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Mont Pelerin Society, the International Churchill Society and the Philanthropy Roundtable. He is published widely in national newspapers, magazines and periodicals on issues of public policy, history and political theory.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Hillsdale College Press; 1st Edition edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916308006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916308001
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carolyn G. Deraad on March 7, 2010
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Larry Arnn does an excellent job giving the history of education in the US, including the unwelcome intrusion of federal government and how that intrusion limits the freedom of speech in this country. A good read.
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Whenever I read Dr Arnn, I start like any other book, then start to underline these great wordsmithed gems of wisdom. Then I slow down a bit and take it in, wishing it were actually longer. It does read a bit like a Hillsdale ad at times (doc one star), but it's not wasted space and ties in. It's basically about Fedgov takeover of public education, contrasted with the wiser views and approach of our Founders, and a case study of how Hillsdale navigated this adverse modern regulatory climate. It's short, but will help you see where education came from, where we're at, and where we should be (with little hope of getting there).
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It is difficult to review Arnn's book without first noticing the last pages - The Appendices...there are only seven. In fact, I began by reading Appendix IV - Frederick Douglass' "Truth and Error". Douglass remarked that our government had discovered a new truth and was organizing into law. The report continues; he could only talk of old truths...truth was old as the universe...truth was a unit:error was multitudinous. Truth was powerful; a single individual, armed with the truth, was a majority against the world. There is also: The Northwest Ordinance (1787), Hillsdale College Articles of Association, (1855), The College and the Republic, Hillsdale College Declaration of Independence (1962, 1966) and Our Responsibility to America, by Larry P. Arnn.

Lotsa yellow tabs, yellow highlights, several Larryisms grace this book ie "...the study of old and permanent things, things higher than any fashion or policy, things for the sake of which all life is lived, if it is lived well." And of our Founder's regaurd for education; in part he says "...they support it by a gift so magnificent as to be beyond our power to emulate." And this of our government's requirement to count students by color and race, "...our College, like the great Frederick Douglass, believed that we ought not take account of color. That is why we do not do so even to this day. Nor, God preserving us, will we do so in the future."

Anyone who is concerned about our Liberty, our nation's place in this battle should have this book as a guide to saying to no our Federal government's continued intrusions into all our freedoms. Hillsdale College stood alone as an abolitionist college. And I believe they are the only American college to continue to fight the federal Government's takeover of our education. God Bless them for it.
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By Jim on September 25, 2012
Anyone interested in one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country will enjoy this book. Dr Arnn's takes you though
the history of this little college in Michican from conception in 1844 to present day. Talking about some of the past students
who went on to do great things, the struggles with the government, and reknown speakers who can to the college. I will read
anything Dr. Larry Arnn's will write.
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