“Getting it wrong from the beginning”

I’ve been reading Kieran Egan’s text on education, Getting it Wrong from the Beginning: Our Progressivist Inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget (Yale University Press, 2002).  What a great, thought provoking book.  It describes in part the career and pedagogy of Herbert Spencer, who believed that a classical education was only “ornamental” […]