Book Reviews

Book covers of "Making College Pay" by Beth Akers and "The Price You Pay For College" by Ron LIeber

Advice and Caution on Investing in a College Education

An economist and a financial journalist offer their strategies
Professor James Tooley with students at an Omega private school in Bawjiase, Ghana.

To Critics of The Beautiful Tree, a Pearl of a Reply

Was that test on which the experiment depends taken in English or Telugu?
Book cover of "Head, Hand, Heart" by David Goodhart

Examining the Human Costs of a Narrow Meritocracy

Economic critique displays energy but not much evidence
A laptop on a desk with a question mark on the screen

Effort to Debunk Education Technology Falters by Overstating Its Own Case

A sensible, but hardly novel, appeal for “methodological pluralism”
DNA helix strand

A Utopian Gets Real About the Limits of Schooling

The Cult of Smart sends “educational equity” to the principal’s office.
Book cover of "Higher Expectations" by Derek Bok.

The Purposes of Higher Education

In Bok’s view, shaping character is paramount
Book cover for "Teaching in the Online Classroom"

A Survival Guide for Distance Teaching

Lessons in “fighting the tide of passivity”

The Finlandization of New Orleans

Learning from the Big Easy’s success story is not so easy

The Better of the Two Big Antiracism Bestsellers

Kendi’s How To Be An Antiracist lacks subtlety, but it beats White Fragility.

Charter Schools and Their Enemies

At 90, Thomas Sowell reminds charter schools how to fight. And why.

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