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Jefferson's Children: Education and The Promise of American Culture Hardcover – September 15, 1997
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As much as I applaud Botstein's general vision, I cannot help thinking that it would much more practical if we were dealing with a student body composed entirely of white kids from Scarsdale, a demographic type which dominates the Bard students he has the most experience with.
His proposal that high school be eliminated, however, is thoroughly sound, as are his calls for what should be taught before students either go to college or elsewhere. It is curious, however, that he does not mention Simon's Rock, a school exemplifying this very principle, which he even heads. I am an alumnus of it and can attest that describing the place would have made his argument even more compelling.
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It's pleasing to read such a well written book.
Botstein is nothing short of brilliant.
This is a brilliant book that is slightly dated. Also it is written for intellectuals, which is great if that's what you're looking for. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Jane Bernard
Botstein is on the money, and his arguments are only strengthened by further research since the book's publication showing the importance of the very early years of childhood to... Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by Picara
Now a classic but still full of valid & valuable ideas (particularly in this age of change) by one of this country's brightest... Read morePublished on September 30, 2009 by Jfloyd Waggaman
Having heard Botstein speak and having had the opportunity to question some of his beliefs it became clear to me that his proposal is more a random thought than a well thought out... Read morePublished on August 5, 2000
I have known that there are many problems in our high schools, but no one has ever talked about them till now. Read morePublished on February 1, 2000 by mmatur
In reading Jefferson's Children, as well as the many new articles that have been visible recently, it has come to my knowledge that the federal government should pass Botstein's... Read morePublished on September 6, 1999