The American School: Why Johnny Can’t Think

by Leonard Peikoff
From The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought
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Leonard Peikoff
Leonard Peikoff
Leonard Peikoff, author of Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, is the foremost authority on Rand’s philosophy. Learn more at his website.
CITATIONS & NOTES
  • 1 Quoted in USA Today, Aug. 12, 1983.
  • 2 Dec. 12, 1983.
  • 3 Quoted in the New York Times, Apr. 27, 1983.
  • 4 The New York Times, Apr. 18, 1983; the professor is Hazel Hertzberg.
  • 5 Benjamin J. Stein, “The Cheerful Ignorance of the Young in L.A.,” Oct. 3, 1983.
  • 6 Pose Lamb, Linguistics in Proper Perspective (Charles E. Merrill: 1977, 2nd ed.), p. 29.
  • 7 Dolores Durkin, Strategies for Identifying Words, p. 83; quoted in Rudolf Flesch, Why Johnny Still Can’t Read (Harper Colophon: 1983), p. 81.
  • 8 Dixie Lee Spiegel, in Reading Teacher, April 1978; quoted in Flesch, op. cit., p. 24.
  • 9 Lamb, op. cit., p. 19.
  • 10 From Students’ Right to Their Own Language, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Fall 1974; quoted in Arn and Charlene Tibbetts, What’s Happening to American English? (Scribner’s: 1978), p. 118.
  • 11 See College English, Feb. 1976, p. 631; quoted in Tibbetts, op. cit., p. 119.
  • 12 Basic English Skills Practice Book, Orange Level (McDougal, Littell), p. 17.
  • 13 Tibbetts, op. cit., pp. 80, 76.
  • 14 Alfred De Vito and Gerald H. Krockover, Creative Sciencing (Little, Brown: 1980), pp. 15, 70, 74, 19.
  • 15 Quoted in the New York Times, Jan, 31, 1984.
  • 16 Op. cit., p. 33.
  • 17 Ibid., p. 38.
  • 18 “Are Your Kids Learning to Think?” Changing Times, Dec. 1983; quoting the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
  • 19 Mar. 9, 1984.
  • 20 Quoted in the New York Times, Apr. 27, 1983.
  • 21 The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, “Freedom and Education,” p. 274.