George Dennis O'Brien's All the Essential Half-Truths about Higher Education PDF

By George Dennis O'Brien

ISBN-10: 0226616576

ISBN-13: 9780226616575

During this clean and unique exploration, George Dennis O'Brien seems at better schooling in the United States. O'Brien argues that to discuss intelligently the way forward for schooling we needs to cease concentrating on its beliefs and glance as a substitute at its associations. He does this by way of addressing 9 half-truths, comparable to no matter if "low expense public schooling merits the least advantaged in society," and is going directly to learn how thoroughly they replicate the real country of upper schooling. the result's a thought-provoking dialogue of the current demanding situations and destiny customers of yankee better schooling.

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Marx is not just different but also incompetent. Radical new theories may be excluded because a traditional paradigm prevails in departmental politics. ” One may decide that the crazy-true theory is just crazy-and exclude it. A competence-based test can be circumvented by shifting the argument to manifest political issues. I may suspect that a subject proclaiming the newest “-ism” is merely grievance with a technical vocabulary, but who knows the truth about such matters? One shifts into a Socratic theory of academic freedom, for which demonstrated competence is not required.

If the university-as-a-whole (heat and curricular light) is at issue, what principles should be appealed to for “rational” decision? Lest anyone immediately assume that someone else possesses this remarkable metaphysical talentdeans or presidents, students or trustees-I cheerfully admit that they are probably equally incapable of formulating more than an outline of a sketch of a possible scenario for the university overall. The difference, of course, is that presidents and trustees do make-or try to make-these decisions about the university institution under whatever conditions of enlightenment they can muster.

Both the morals and the money claims for student “hegemony” are present realities for the university and are no minor challenge. I will expend much ink discussing the complexities of the moral challenge of multicultural self-awareness in the course of this book; the monetary ones are easier to identify. Every time a college or university downsizes, rearranges, reasserts a mission, or defines a new one because of financial crisis-hardly a rare occurrence today and a commonplace for the years to come-the power of the consumer to shape the institution is clear.

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