Johann N. Neem is professor of history at Western Washington University. He is the author of What’s the Point of College? Seeking Purpose in an Age of Reform and Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America.
Whether revering or rejecting his work, McGuffey’s fans and detractors both manage to miss the point of his original project.
Warikoo might have explored the ways in which Asian cultural repertoires matched up with the neoliberal transformation of our schools and colleges.
We do not know how to evaluate what makes up a good college education.