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The Critical, Conflicted, and Elitist Liberalism of Richard Hofstadter—And Why It Matters (Part 3)

It is in Hofstadter’s writings on education, and on John Dewey, that one sees the former’s elitism and anti-radical (critical) liberalism. I have not mastered Hofstadter’s entire corpus of work on K-12 education. But I have done some checking, and it appears most of his thought on that specific educational realm, and especially high schools (grades 9-12), is woven into Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. A large portion of that book’s section on education is dedicated to undermining the Progressive Education impulse. Hofstadter especially eviscerates what is known as “life adjustment” education. The last, to him, is the beating heart of Read more