My rating: 4 of 5 stars
While I do not agree with all of Gardner’s arguments and conclusions, I believe this is an excellent book for those educators and parents who are struggling to convey truth, beauty, and goodness in a modern world which so often struggles with those concepts and their content. The most important message that Gardner conveys is that we must educate ourselves and our children to be fact-checkers and truth-seekers. Rather than merely filling heads with information, education must be geared to creating thinkers and innovators who are familiar with the methods by which truth is sought in the various academic disciplines. In history, for instance, while remembering certain people, places, and dates is important, what is far more important is knowing how historians discover and discern historical information in the first place. To this end, Gardner recommends continuing and expanding the Socratic Method of teaching as one that engages the minds of students a meaningful way. I recommend this book for parents, teachers, and anyone else interested in a traditional education for the modern age.