Book Reviews

An Interview with Phil Mason: The Truth, the Whole Truth, and…..the Facts?

Tuesday, Sep, 07 at 3:04 pm,

9.7.10 – Michael F. Shaughnessy – I have long been fascinated with how history is told to us and how the common familiars of our past are often not as we have been taught. In my previous book, Napoleon's Hemorrhoids, I wanted to show how the way we are led to assume history unfolds

An Interview with Ann Edwards: Nurturing Spiritual Development

Saturday, Sep, 04 at 2:54 pm,

9.5.10 – Michael F. Shaughnessy – There were several contributory factors but the main impetus for writing it was to inform other adults – particularly other educators and parents – about a number of outstanding breakthroughs within the domains of human psychological development and effective pedagogic practice of which I had just become aware myself.

How Scholarships Morphed into Financial Aid

Thursday, Sep, 02 at 10:55 am,

9.2.10 – Jackson Toby – This excerpt from Jackson Toby's latest book, The Lowering of Higher Education in America: Why Financial Aid Should Be Based on Student Performance, will appear in the forthcoming fall issue of Academic Questions (vol. 23, no. 3).

Best (and most unsettling) college admissions book ever

Saturday, Aug, 21 at 4:31 am,

8.21.10 – Bissonnette is 22 now, a senior at the University of Massachusetts. He has written the best and most troubling book ever about the college admissions process, "Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching Off My Parents."

Ravitch Repentant

Wednesday, Aug, 18 at 8:34 am,

8.18.10 – Peter Cohee reviews Diane Ravitch's book, a partial volte-face, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.

Below C Level – John Merrow's new book on education

Monday, Aug, 16 at 6:17 am,

8.16.10 – Kenneth J. Bernstein – It was not composed as one book, since much of the material is reworked from things Merrow previously did. That means there is some repetition, chapters of varying length and effectiveness. In general that adds to the value of the book.

With Mike Rose, We Should All Be Asking – Why School?

Tuesday, Aug, 10 at 4:12 pm,

8.11.10 – Perhaps it may seem odd to begin the review of a book with its final words. Yet is also appropriate, because to answer the question Mike Rose poses in his title, it is necessary to consider the destination towards which we head. It is especially appropriate for this book, because this final observation explains succinctly the concerns Rose attempts to address in Why School?:

A Different Look at Classical Liberalism

Monday, Aug, 02 at 4:39 pm,

8.2.10 – Forty years ago, historian Ralph Raico completed his dissertation under the direction of F.A. Hayek at the University of Chicago. Its title masks its power and importance: The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton.

The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton

Saturday, Jul, 31 at 6:54 am,

7.31.10 – Forty years ago, historian Ralph Raico completed his dissertation under the direction of F.A. Hayek at the University of Chicago. Its title masks its power and importance: The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton. It has been published for the first time by the Mises Institute, and this is not merely to honor a great historian and thinker.

John Dewey, Dumbing Down, and The Scandal of Dyslexia

Saturday, Jul, 31 at 6:32 am,

My encounter with John Dewey (America’s most famous educator) began in the trenches of the reading wars. There the big question is: why did our educators discredit phonics, which works, and promote another approach, called whole word, which doesn’t work? Why, indeed? Yes, they’re connected–this terrible trio of American culture–all connected. Permit me to be your guide to the dark side:

The History of Capitalism

Friday, Jul, 30 at 12:17 pm,

7.30.10 – The history of capitalism as it has operated in the last two hundred years in the realm of Western civilization is the record of a steady rise in the wage earners' standard of living. The inherent mark of capitalism is that it is mass production for mass consumption directed by the most energetic and far-sighted individuals, unflaggingly aiming at improvement.

Rebirth in Harlem

Tuesday, Jul, 27 at 6:36 am,

7.27.10 – Sixty-five years ago today, a remarkable memorial service was held in one of London's great churches in honor of a then obscure German pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Book Review: Homeboy’s Soul: Pride, Terror and Street Justice in America

Wednesday, Jul, 21 at 11:47 am,

7.22.10 – Michael F. Shaughnessy – Every once in a while a good book comes along that tells a story, while at the same time offering some insight into sociological issues. Don Armijo and Fred Stawitz have co-authored a book, published by Publish America out of Baltimore.

An Interview with Russell Eisenman: Creativity and Crime.

Wednesday, Jul, 21 at 11:27 am,

7.22.10 – Michael F. Shaughnessy – It is extremely important. Creativity leads to inventions, innovation, and clearer and more critical thinking. In sum, to a better society. To fall behind in those areas is tragic. Yet, I recently read a Newsweek article that said the U.S. is falling behind in creativity.

An Interview with Cathryn Berger Kaye: Going Blue

Wednesday, Jul, 21 at 9:28 am,

7.22.10 – Michael F. Shaughnessy – Philippe and I share the commitment to educating youth about how they can take action regarding protecting and caring for our environment. Our planet depends on this.

How the American sex drive has taken a sordid turn

Wednesday, Jul, 21 at 6:17 am,

WASHINGTON – They are the voiceless victims whose horror in many ways mirrors what children in concentration-camp "experiments" suffered during the Holocaust. But the mastermind behind such horrid crimes of sexual abuse and rape of children – some as young as 6 months old – touts a legacy that's lauded, lionized, bankrolled and celebrated in literature, science, industry and the arts.

The Writing on the Berlin Wall: Pictures of the Socialistic Future

Tuesday, Jul, 20 at 11:15 am,

The first one is that socialism is a great idea. In Socialism, Mises contends that even if you were to give the socialists their fully-incentivized New Socialist Man, who would happily take out the garbage in Sunderland while his identical twin brother gets to be appointed by the central state planning committee as a leading Hollywood actor, socialism is actually a terrible idea because it makes economic calculation impossible.

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