Sentimental Education

James Pierson, The New Criterion, September 2008.


Murray thinks that the nation would be better served if we lowered our expectations about what schools can accomplish and found new ways to train and educate students outside the context of schools, colleges, and formal degree programs. Murray, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, presents an analysis of American education that is every bit as heterodox as the ideas he advanced in his previous works on welfare (Losing Ground, 1984), on the interplay between IQ and social structure (The Bell Curve, 1994, co-authored with Richard Herrnstein), and on our sprawling welfare state (In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State, 2006).

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