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Short book review: How the Air Force educates

Former New York Times education writer Diana Jean Schemo has done an intriguing book on the Air Force Academy, "Skies to Conquer." It is difficult to summarize because the story is told from deep inside the school, following cadets, nearly everything from their point of view.

Reading the book helps illumine once again one of the great untold stories of American education, how the U.S. military has taught a huge chunk of the nation's youth a great many complicated and valuable things that they would not have learned in any other environment. I saw that when I was in Army basic training in 1967. We have seen it in the DOD schools around the world. Schemo gets a sense of how this works in one of our most celebrated service academies.

By Jay Mathews  | June 9, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags:  Air Force Academy, Diana Jean Schemo, Skies to Conquer  
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