- Hardcover: 410 pages
- Publisher: Ross House Books (January 1, 1995)
- ISBN-10: 1879998068
- ISBN-13: 978-1879998063
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,404,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Messianic Character of American Education Hardcover – January 1, 1995
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This book is "an historical and analytical study of the philosophies of education in state education in the United States." (x) He starts out with a couple of chapters of historical introduction, stretching all the way back to Rome and then later Scholasticism, and explains how "the university gradually developed its concept of academic freedom, that is, an independent authority for reason and scholarship which made it responsible to none other, and its concept of the redemptive, authoritative and power-endowing nature of knowledge, of reason, of university and school." (17)
He then jumps into the American history of the philosophy of education, and doesn't come up for air until the end of the book. 21 of the 28 chapters are each devoted to a particular figure in this history, starting with Horace Mann, and including men like William Harris, Francis Parker, Wiliam James, G. Stanley Hall, and John Dewey.
Each chapter is heavy on original source quotes, so you can read for yourself the sort of language and philosophy that has shaped education in America. This is important, because if you couldn't see it with your own eyes, you would be tempted to write Rushdoony off as a crackpot conspiracy theorist.Read more ›
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The "Messianic Character of American Education" was originally published more than half a century ago (1963) and expands the ideas presented in Rushdoony's earlier work,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Doug Erlandson
Four stars, but only because I am an amillennialist - not a theonomist or postmillennialist. Welcome to Post-christian America, and check the messages at the truthtapes dot com... Read morePublished on May 7, 2006 by pylgrym