TRADITIONAL LIBERAL ARTS
Now, it is one thing to say that the founders of our country were classically educated and thought that form of instruction worthy enough to recommend it to posterity. It is quite another to assert that a classical education is good for Americans today. Why should we, who live two centuries later, want our children to have the same education as Thomas Jefferson and the rest?
When I started to think about this question, I went to the University of Colorado library and took out one of the best books in English on education, Albert Jay Nock Theory of Education in the United States ( 1932). It is significant for our topic that, while Nock's irritable tirade, Our Enemy, the State, is easily available in three separate editions and is featured in most libertarian book catalogues, Nock's masterpiece, delivered as the Page-Barbour Lectures at the University of Virginia in 1931, is