Pathologies of Higher Education

Pathologies of Higher Education

by Paul Piccone

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No one disputes that there is a major crisis in education--especially higher education. The Right and the Left not only share this perception, but provide strikingly complementary analyses of the nature of the crisis. Best-selling books such as Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind and Russell Jacoby's The Intellectuals simply address different aspects of the same general phenomenon. While the Right attributes the current disintegration of standards and dilution of the curriculum to the democratizing reforms successfully imposed by the Left, the Left attributes the more general collapse of a public critical culture to the effective integration of radical intellectuals in bureaucratized and increasingly unaccountable universities. Both theories are correct, but they fail to address the problem underlying the symptoms they so eloquently describe. This problem is tied to broader sociohistorical trends and to institutions in advanced industrial societies. What has happened to universities--and, mutatis mutandis, to the intellectuals who have become increasingly associated with them--must be seen in terms of the general social dynamics of the last half century.

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BN ID: 2940148112914
Publisher: The World & I Online
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 13 KB

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