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Common Sense View of Education Too Profound for the Elite,
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This review is from: God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of 'Academic Freedom' (Paperback)
Superbly written. Easy to understand. And full of common sense. It was probably its "common sense" that caused liberal academicians of Yale and other prestigious "institutes of higher learning" to reject Buckley's assessment and recommendations. For the "wisdom" was (and is) that if it's not sufficiently profound and complex, then it cannot be relevant or useful. Yet, Buckley's common sense suggestions for reforming the methods of education were (and are) right on target. By rejecting what he said out of hand, the stage was set for post-modern relativism that is rampant at "institutes of higher learning" as we enter the 21st century. A lot has happened since Buckley wrote this book, including the discrediting of collectivist ideologies and the collapse of Communism. But despite the passage of time, Buckley's words still ring true because they are rooted in conservative principles - principles based on the constancy of man's nature. My only regret is that since the writing of this book, Buckley has embraced the "snobbish" dialect of the english language. Consequently, his more recent books repel the simple man in search of common sense. Pity too since Buckley still dispenses much common sense.