Although this work is basically a broad survey of the sources on early American education, Bailyn makes some important suggestions that ache to be brought full circle. He demonstrates how scholarship on this subject have been marred by a tendency to view everything in the light of a gradual progression to compulsory public education. He also notes how this has caused a large amount of distortions and myths to be created, with the result of quite near everyone making absurd and innance assumptions about the past. Moreover, the true nature of education in early education has been largely lost to the world, despite the fact that there are ample sources waiting to be exploited. This book should be especially fascinating to anti-public education libertarians, who, of course, view the growth of public education of the modern form as a serious regression in society. This work could serve as a starting point for a history taking up the libertarian point of view; an invaluable undertaking no doubt.