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Americans would create a common-school system, but would balk at giving it adequate support.
But Laniel has repeatedly mentioned that it's one of the best non-fiction books he's read, which convinced me to give it a try.
Instead, this book was written in the aftermath of Joe Mc Carthy and his wide-ranging witch hunts among academics and progressives, and is deeply influenced by the reform, socialist, and communist movements between the World Wars.
One of its remarkable properties is how, despite that, it is very applicable to current debates and frequently compares favorably to contemporary commentary.
The process represents, I believe, not a victory for religion but a fundamental, if largely unconscious, secularization of the American middle-class mind.
Religion has been supplanted, not, to be sure, by a consciously secular philosophy, but by mental self-manipulation, by a kind of faith in magic.
On the surface, this may seem to indicate a turning away from the secular goals of the older self-help books, but it actually represents a turning away from their grasp of reality, for it embodies a blurring of the distinction between the realms of the world and the spirit.
In the old literature these realms interacted; in the new they become vaguely fused.
This is neither precisely a history nor precisely a persuasive or argumentative book; rather, it's a wide-ranging general discussion of the topic with a loose chronological presentation.
Hofstadter will occasionally provide a historical study, and will occasionally make an extended argument on some point of interest (such as the chapter devoted to discussing the educational theories and arguments of John Dewey).
And then documents the systemic paradox of US education: everyone wants universal, egalitarian education, but the country has never had a firm grasp of the amount of resources doing that properly would require.
The educational writing that has been left to us by men whose names command our respect is to a remarkable degree a literature of acid criticism and bitter complaint.
Both religion and the sense of worldly reality suffer.