“Interesting, thorough work on Patrick Henry College and its students; would have benefited from some longer-term follow-up with older students, to see how their views have progressed”see full review » see other reviews »
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“The problem with ultra-liberals is that they can be so intolerant. I found Rosen's observations regarding the students of Patrick Henry College to be smirky. At least in the beginning of the book, she let's the reader know loud and clear that she doesn't care for home schooling. In fact, one is...”see full review » see other reviews »
“When the book focuses on the university, its students/faculty, and their families, allowing them to tell their own stories, the book is very engaging. When the author tries her hand at distilling and explaining the larger dynamics, history and pedigree of what she's observing in these circles to her uninitiated readers, the results are oversimplified (did she actually read about the real history of the Scopes trial?), neglectful of crucial facets, and occasionally unfocused (to pad chapters, perhaps). In short, an interesting look at certain people in a particular place, but a poor examination of the larger movement.”Michael wrote this review Tuesday, August 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Totally disappointed that the information on the school and its students weren't written about without bias and obvious patronizing condescension.
She poked fun at homeschoolers, Christians, Conservatives and everything that obviously doesn't fit her own opinion. Little House on the Prairie, whitewashed brains,and every Christian goes online to look up opinions.
This book was nothing more than a long version of a second rate op-ed. Such a waste of paper. Thankfully I borrowed it from the library, otherwise I would have put it to good use as kindle.
I wanted to learn more about the school and what I learned was the opinion of the author. ”
“The problem with ultra-liberals is that they can be so intolerant. I found Rosen's observations regarding the students of Patrick Henry College to be smirky. At least in the beginning of the book, she let's the reader know loud and clear that she doesn't care for home schooling. In fact, one is led to believe that home schoolers are just plain weird. She pokes fun at the values of the Evangelical Christian students' families. Let me list those values for you: 1) Academic excellence of their children. 2) Modesty of dress. 3) Prayer 4) Measuring what is watched on television and at movies. The list could be longer, but you get the picture. Now if any of this bothers anyone, let's see what the alternatives are in many families: 1) Poor school performance 2) Kids AND parents dressing like tramps, even when going to church 3) Absence of spirituality at home 4) Entire family has an eye on 2-1/2 Men and other garbage on television. Is the Evangelical lifestyle a bit over the top? Perhaps. But more power to those who want to live that lifestyle and who strive for high standards. The Evangelicals feel the world is going to hell in a handbasket. That is a hard one to debate. ”2manyhobbies wrote this review Wednesday, September 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting, thorough work on Patrick Henry College and its students; would have benefited from some longer-term follow-up with older students, to see how their views have progressed”Amber M wrote this review Monday, December 27, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Important read for anyone who cares about religion, education, parenting, or politics in the West. It brings out many questions regarding how to preserve your child's religious identity through education and how can someone brought up in a more sheltered environment can be integrated into being someone who can then make changes in the political world.
Rosin did her best to remain neutral but there was a clear slight biased to those wanting a more liberal culture at Patrick Henry.
It's obvious that there are clear problems at the core of PHC's mission but you can't help but sympathize with parents who are sick of the dumbed-down, liberal, anti-classical education that public schools have been killing our kids with. They just want to preserve some religious values in their children while at the same time providing a superior education.
For those that think PHC is a failed attempt, are probably being a bit myopic. There are obvious struggles early on but it seems to be more of growing pains than anything else.
PHC gets my respect for doing something to change problems facing the education of our youth. It's time that we all start taking a hard look at what we plan to do to fix our broken education system and come up with solutions to counter the upcoming impact of PHC. ”
“Since I could essentially write an entire thesis inspired by this book, I will attempt to keep my comments brief for the sake of this review, but I apologize in advance for verbosity.
Rosin's diatribe on the recently founded Patrick Henry college unfortunately alienated me even in the introduction, where home education is described as "a relic of the age of separatism and retreat." I nevertheless attempted to suspend my judgment until I had read the thing cover to cover.
Having done so, I will emphatically agree with the author on a key point: Patrick Henry was a failed experiment, based on a not-so-bad idea. However, Rosin's methods for arriving at this conclusion in no way resemble the stellar journalism for which she is praised in the reviews of this work. Her statements are broad, sweeping, and demeaning to a large scope of people belonging to factions and segments that she has never met nor interviewed. Her strategic placement of words like "pretension" or significant emphasis on particular randomly placed quotes leaves little doubt as to her bias, which she is certainly allowed, but which overwhelms the nature of her reporting.
While easily delving into the ridiculous aspects of this institution, she simultaneously seems to overlook good qualities in her students, simply because they are so strange. She speaks condescendingly of a boy who is grateful to God for everything, choosing not to contrast him with the bitching, whiny, entitled teenager Americans have come to expect, even while she subtlely questions the morality of boys who choose to play the game Halo.
Ultimately my foremost criticism of this book is simply that it lumps all Evangelical Christians into this particular bubble that she experienced in a very tiny microchosm of conservative religious educators. I would simply advise readers of this: when encountering the author's broad and libelous statements regarding all Evangelical Conservative Christians, keep this in mind: I was home schooled, I am politically conservative, I am an Evangelical Christian, and I disagree completely with Michael Farris' lifestyle, philosophy, and political agenda. The tendency of the liberal audience who will read this book is to assume we are out to get you and destroy life as you know it. Just trust me on this: we're not.”
“A journalist's look at Patrick Henry College, nicknamed "Harvard for Homeschoolers." This evangelical Christian school is full of ambitious and competitive students, a large portion of whom want to go into politics. (Many of them have interned in the Bush White House and with conservative members of Congress.) While the author does not share the faith or the politics of the students, she portrays them sympathetically and lets them describe their worldviews in their own terms.”JulieK wrote this review Thursday, July 10, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An important book that provides tremendous insight into the thinking of conservative Christians.”Tamar G wrote this review Sunday, June 1, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ms. Rosin has written an engaging and fast paced book, but she makes some very broad and sweeping statements concerning homeschoolers that do not ring true. She seems to think that all homeschoolers are in lock step with Mike Farris--she obviously hasn't met me or many of my fellow homeschoolers. There are many of us out there who do not support Mr. Harris and his agenda.”Oak Knoll Mom wrote this review Saturday, April 19, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While she doesn't "get it" Hanna Rosin does a great job of describing a place I know well and capturing the goodness, the weirdness, and the ideology that makes up Patrick Henry College. Should be a must-read for any Christian attempting to create Utopia.”eireannlass wrote this review Saturday, November 17, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No