All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.
—Benedict de Spinoza
We Applaud Ourselves.
—Poster seen in a school entrance hall
Of the many dispiriting statistics cited in William Henry’s brief but important new book, In Defense of Elitism, perhaps the most dispiriting comes from a recent (1992) study by the Department of Education. Based on a survey of more than twenty-six thousand adults, this study...