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"The Parent Trap–Review of Hilger"

Alex Tabarrok's mostly favorable review of a new book.

Nate Hilger’s [sic] has written a brave book. Almost everyone will find something to hate about The Parent Trap. Indeed, I hated parts of it. Yet Hilger is willing to say truths that are often not said and for that I would rather applaud than cancel.

Hilger argues that the problems of poverty, pathology and inequality that bedevil the United States are not primarily due to poor schools, discrimination, or low incomes per se. The primary cause is parents: parents who are unable to teach their children the skills that are necessary to succeed in the modern world. Since parents can’t teach the necessary skills, Hilger calls for the state to take their place with a dramatic expansion of not just child care but collective parenting.


"Seven Deadly Economic Sins: A Review"

Book review:

Seven Deadly Economic Sins is a must read for the general public, policymakers, and students of economics who wish to gain an understanding, at a philosophical level, of the economic fallacies that continue to circulate in common thought and among certain policymakers, along with a convincing rebuttal of each, placed in the context of why getting it right matters for human progress.


"Why They Can't Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities"

This interested me because the five-paragraph essay being taught in high schools and (I think) freshmen comp courses has always seemed to me to be a Potemkin Village of writing and teaching it is probably counterproductive. It seems the author, John Warner, thinks so, too.

(It looks to be a reprint of a whole book. Which would mean the link is surely a copyright violation. If you want to pursue the author's argument, I urge you to buy a copy of the book.)