Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ron Paul on Education

The New Republic has a review of Ron Paul's new book, The School Revolution here.  According to the review, Paul's prescription for good education is simply to have students read assigned books and write papers on them.  Many commentators point out that his program is much too simplistic.

There are a number of fatal flaws to his program, as other commentators have pointed out.  But the one that jumps out at me concerns reading.  Kids who can read the kind of books he is suggesting will have to be excellent readers.  Kids become excellent readers through wide reading.  And once kids start reading widely, there is no stopping them and no restricting them to libertarian thought.   Good luck restricting avid readers to pre-approved books.

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