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Dogmatic Wisdom

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Noted critic and intellectual historian examines the debate over the state of education today and how its corrosion has spawned a scramble for answers. Jacoby offers vital lessons to find solutions.
Paperback, 260 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Anchor (first published 1994)
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Jeremy Purves
This is one of the best books on higher education that I've read. Jacoby isn't interested in flinging accusations at the other side. Instead, he carefully considers both liberal and conservative arguments. Then, he criticizes the inherent flaws of both sides, points out how both sides are ignoring the bigger picture, and then places the subject or argument in its proper historical context. The way in which Jacoby does this is adept, polished and moderate in tone.

(For example, Jacoby looks at the
A book on the "culture wars" that appears to be a "fair and balanced" look and does provide critiques of both sides and claims the wars are distracting America from the real problem of living in an illiberal society. Yet, the author's tone is markedly snottier and more flippant when discussing " left academics" living in a world of theory, etc. Conservatives "misrepresent" things: left academics are naive, silly, and ridiculous by Jacoby's account.
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