A few weeks ago Jessica Levin undressed Diane Ravitch’s new book by actually talking to the people Ravitch ascribes views to and discovering their views are more complicated than Ravitch’s caricature. The whole argument sort of falls apart absent the strawman and in a long review out today Sol Stern shows why: This is political activism and/or show business, it’s not an intellectual exercise. From its historically playful title to its sad kicker Stern’s review is piercing.
Elsewhere, don’t miss Bill Galston’s review of Tyler Cowen’s new book in the WSJ. Education implications.