Kevin Carey treats Charles Murray unfairly. Carey, reviewing Murray's new book Real Education, writes:
Yet an active strain of educational hobo-phobia remains, a persistent, largely sub rosa muttering that perhaps too many of the wrong kind of people are being allowed inside the ivy-covered walls. It's not respectable conversation outside of conservative circles, due to its unvarnished elitism and 0-for-the-last-60-years-and-counting historical track record. But it lives on, and now has a new standard-bearer in the person of Charles Murray...
Come on. Besides being boring, this is just drips with all sorts of overpowering nasty implications. The rest of Carey's review is similarly accusatory and haughty without ever??even approaching the realms of cleverness or originality.??The??article certainly is not as infallible and a priori right and just its author--The EduOne, shall we call him?--seems to believe.
Update: And really, why would any publication??ask Carey to review Real Education? That's like asking me to review Das Kapital.