Is the American Mind Getting Dumber?

Authors

  • Gene Bell-Villada

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-043-01-1991-05_5

Keywords:

Education

Abstract

Since it became an instant bestseller in 1987, The Closing of the American Mind has become the stuff of everyday academic chit-chat and has made the author, reclusive bachelor Allan Bloom, a household word among U.S. educators. Now the unofficial bible of academic conservatism, Closing provides intellectual ammunition and support to lobbying groups such as the neutral-sounding National Association of Scholars and to rightwing militants of the Dartmouth Review variety. Bloom's lengthy tract, moreover, was but the first in a series of bilious and mean-spirited polemics from and for the cultural Right, notably Charles Sykes's ProfScam and Roger Kimball's Tenured Radicals.

Published

1991-05-05

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