Academic Book Reviews

Currie-Knight, K. (Forthcoming). "Review of From Local Village to Global Brand, by James Tooley." Independent Review.

Abstract: James Tooley’s 2008 book The Beautiful Tree (Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 2009) profiled several private schools successfully serving the poor in Africa, India, and China. His new book, From Village School to Global Brand, follows a similar theme but focuses exclusively on private schools created by the SABIS International Schools Network and its efforts to deliver quality schooling worldwide, particularly to the poor. Drawing from interviews with key figures in SABIS’s history, observations of SABIS schools, and archival research, Tooley explains what SABIS is, how it evolved from a school in Lebanon to a successful international brand, and how it has achieved extraordinary results despite much resistance to its for-profit status.

Currie-Knight, K. (2013). "Review of Contrasting Models of State and School, by Charles Glenn." Independent Review, 18(2).

Abstract: Should education be a tool used by states to reduce cultural and religious dissension among citizens?  Or should education be a tool used by individuals and groups to educate their children how they see fit? Should curricular and pedagogical decisions be made on the national level or should they be left to localities and cultural groups? Charles L. Glenn's Contrasting Models of State and School is a comprehensive history of how four different nations – Austria, Prussia, Belgium, and the Netherlands – have answered these questions. The Germanic nations of Prussia and Austria have historically favored a strong state-run education system, while Belgium and the Netherlands have leaned toward policies of educational decentralization, giving individuals and groups significant educational choice.

Currie-Knight, K. (2013). "Review of American Model of State and School by Charles Glenn." Education Review, 16.

Abstract: The American Model of State and School tells the history of the American approach to education — what Glenn calls “a third way” (iix), with its often uneasy tension between localism and various attempts toward standardization, maintaining respect for cultural diversity while still (to use E.D. Hirsch’s term) making Americans.


Currie-Knight, K. (2011). "Review of Narveson and Sterba's Are Liberty and Equality Compatible?" Libertarian Papers, 3(24).


Abstract: This article reviews Jan Narveson and James Sterba’s co-authored book Are Liberty and Equality Compatible?. Sterba argues that negative liberty requires that the poor have a right not to be interfered with in taking from the rich to fulfill their basic needs. Narveson argues that negative liberty means that people agree not to coerce others and that taking from anyone (without their consent) violates negative liberty. The authors not only differ on this point, but, as contractarians, on what terms reasonable people would likely agree to in a “social contract.”

Currie-Knight, K. (2010) "Review of Cross Purposes by Paula Abrams." Education Review, 13.

Abstract: Cross Purposes is a thorough recounting of a landmark case in the history of American education. At issue was the state of Oregon‟s authority to compel public education, thereby illegalizing private schooling. Paula Abrams not only tells the legal story of Pierce v. Society of Sisters but the social and political story of how a law compelling attendance at public schools got started, why it was supported, and how it ended.