Whether revering or rejecting his work, McGuffey’s fans and detractors both manage to miss the point of his original project.
Ignorance is ugly, particularly in prison. It’s loud and obnoxious and violent. It tumbles into my cell right now as I write this. But for some, education can quell that.
Confident pluralism at its best requires people and institutions that know themselves well enough to articulate the reasons for their differences.