Whether revering or rejecting his work, McGuffey’s fans and detractors both manage to miss the point of his original project.
Today, the “college experience” centered on a residential life that promises to envelope students in a warm, intimate community has hardened into something more totalizing than even the blundering late-twentieth-century project of enforcing political correctness.
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.