"When I asked a group of academics at the St. John’s conference if conservative ideologues had taken the Great Books hostage, they scoffed."(My thought at this point was How does one take a foundling hostage? But I digress. -ed.)
"The liberal arts tradition is 'thoroughly radical and skeptical of orthodoxy,' Rhodes College professor Dan Cullen answered. 'It can’t work out well for conservatives in the long run.'
"Adler’s biographer Tim Lacy agrees. 'Conservatives no longer champion the Great Books idea as a solution to problems in higher education,' he wrote in an e-mail. 'That curriculum isn’t front and center now. Today the discussion is about lowering cost, disrupting the entrenched education establishment, and promoting basic skills, via the Common Core, for the workplace.'"