Wanted: Constructive Defense
Intellectual Schizophrenia, by Rousas J. Rushdoony (Presbyterian and Reformed, 1961, 133 pp., $2.75), is reviewed by Cornelius Jaarsma, Professor of Education, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

It is easy, and not uncommon, to make one’s own views seem very plausible by contrasting them with a caricature of opposing views. This is the thought that occurred to me as I read this vigorous, militant little volume of attack and defense.

Of the intellectual schizophrenia in educational theory and practice referred to in this volume there can be no doubt. On the one hand current education speaks of man, his development and learning, in terms of uniquely human accomplishments. On the other hand man is described in biological terms, one with the natural world in which he moves. Man is a creator, but he has become a stranger to the world that has produced him. In spite of these dual phenomena, current educational theory tries to recognize a unity of personality, but the unity is merely organismic, that is, a behavioral unity. Christian education faces a challenge to point the way in educational theory and practice based on a scriptural view of man.

The cause of Christian education is not well served, however, when non-Christian views are inadequately or even unfairly presented. Unfortunately this is the case in several instances in this little volume. A few illustrations will point this out.

There is the frequent mistake of linking Dewey and “progressive education.” This is done uncritically and dogmatically. Dewey disowned “progressive education” on several occasions. This is not to say that Dewey’s philosophy was not a major contributor to the views that the “progressive education” movement followed ...

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