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Jefferson's Children

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A dazzling intellectual treatise on the promise of American culture, education, and democracy by dynamic Renaissance man Leon Botstein, called "an intellectual Bo Jackson" by "The New York Times". Claiming America is stronger than ever, Botstein takes on the cultural pessimists he believes are harming our youth and damaging our democracy.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by Doubleday
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Feb 20, 2016 Nathaniel rated it liked it
A collection of essays on the subject of education in American society by Leon Botstein, the president of Bard College and, later, founder of the Bard High School Early College movement. The essays aren't really linked together directly, but are all on similar themes of cultural analysis, the reform of the American high school, the purpose of college, and what parents can do to encourage lifelong learning in their children.

Let me begin by saying that this is an intellectually stunning and multi
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Feb 28, 2015 Byron Despres-Berry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, to-re-read
Thanks for assigning us this book, Ken Sager. We'll miss you.
Aug 17, 2009 Terry rated it really liked it
While I read this over a decade ago, bits of it stick with me. Botstein argues, persuasively, for truncating high school and encouraging interested kids to pursue their intellectual/artistic passions by sixteen or so. Of course, this hasn't really caught on, so perhaps he's not as persuasive as I remember.
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Says American High Schools should be abolished. Yes!
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