We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'd generally agree with discounting articles written to sell books, but the articles often have the merit of encapsulating the author's argument(s). This may be such a case; the greater merit, I think, is to draw attention to the long-range effects of philosophy, and to the shorter-term consequences adduced by the followers. For example, I did not know that Bill Ayers wrote much, if anything.
Neither would I dismiss this article and book by waving at "much better books" - we'll all have varying lists.
We know the one thing schools and teachers will not teach students is how to do their job, i.e., study. The school, the entire education cartel, even to continuing education certs, is geared to induce "school helplessness", i.e., less initiative in regards to school subjects than other things people learn. This is all about the money for teachers who provide the magic parchments. Learn on your own and you are considered more ignorant than the career seat-warmer.
This is apparently a perversion of Dewey's idea
As Dewey notes, "The business of the teacher is to produce a higher standard of intelligence in the community, and the object of the public school system is to make as large as possible the number of those who possess this intelligence. Skill, ability to act wisely and effectively in a great variety of occupations and situations, is a sign and a criterion of the degree of civilization that a society has reached. It is the business of teachers to help in producing the many kinds of skill needed in contemporary life. If teachers are up to their work, they also aid in the production of character."(Dewey, TAP, 2010, pp. 241–42). wikipedia
Instead, strawman or not, schools deal in transmissionism as that is how they make money. Independent learners aren't continuing customers for the education cartel.
But, if you just listen to the lecture, you probably don't walk away with all that much, except perhaps excitement, emotion, things like that. And that's because lectures, like books--as I was describing before--are sort of founded on this transmissionism notion: the notion is that 'I as the teacher can get up there and say a bunch of words; then you'll know stuff.'
Econtalk podcast, August 2019, 'Andy Matuschak on Books and Learning'
But one can be trained to parse books and lectures, but schools do not do it. See 'How to Study and Teaching How to Study' (1909) by F. M. McMurry, Professor of Elementary Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
We knew how to do this but lost this skill over the last century and since the 1960s, those trained in this skill have retired from education. We need a revival. Students should not be left to reinvent the wheel (how to study) by themselves, with the fortunate having a parent or other mentor to at least be a good example due to their own reinvention.
John Dewey is/was the patron saint of every Socialist wannabe from Seattle or Portland, and every Marxist from Ohio or Illinois. They cannot do what it is they are doing without his powerful argument to justify their techniques.