Delaware University professor Robert Hampel has dedicated his new book Fast and Curious: A History of Shortcuts in American Education (Rowman & Littlefield) to the history department's Michael Holt. Prof. Holt served as Hampel's undergraduate thesis advisor while at Yale. More information about Dr. Hampel's book, including a blurb by the history department's Joseph Kett, is available below and at the publisher's webpage, here.
Robert Hampel’s new book, Fast and Curious: A History of Shortcuts to
Education (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), starts with Norman Rockwell’s correspondence school and
ends with Evelyn Wood’s speed reading classes. Along the way he looks at Classic Comics, Paint by
Numbers, shorthand, Cliff Notes, phonetic spelling, Teach for America, three year bachelors degrees,
law school at the YMCA, and other streamlined paths to education.