Johann N. Neem is a senior fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and professor of history at Western Washington University. He is 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.
We do not know how to evaluate what makes up a good college education.