Making humanistic education democratic and freely available was its downfall, at least in the eyes of Albert Jay Nock, as he discusses in The Theory of Education in the United States. Taking a cue as well from Plato’s Republic, Jonathan and Ryan address the apparent tension between the excellence of the tradition and the equalitarian, democratic mores of American life. Should everyone be educated? Can they be?
Richard Gamble’s Great Tradition: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781935191568
Albert Jay Nock’s The Theory of Education in the United States: https://amzn.to/38v94tR
Albert Jay Nock’s Memoirs of a Superfluous Man: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781610160353
Plato’s Republic: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780465094080
Dorothy Sayers’s The Lost Tools of Learning: https://www.pccs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/LostToolsOfLearning-DorothySayers.pdf
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