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The Self-Exam That Higher Education Would Rather Not Conduct

By Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus

We’d like to think we’re not naïve. Although our book, Higher Education?, mentioned much that needed fixing, we didn’t expect universal agreement, let alone concerted action. Indeed, anyone who publishes a work that criticizes indifferent teaching, unconscionable costs, abuse of contingent faculty, and the sacrosanct status of tenure ought to expect some pushback.

In the year since the book appeared, we’ve continued to visit campuses and have heard from readers informally. What has struck us is how many issues are off the table, as if there are placards saying, “Not Open for Discussion.” We find this particularly distressing in a scholarly community supposedly devoted to freewheeling inquiry. Most of our critics are fellow academics, some of who seem to find us guilty by association, since we happen to hold a few views in common with conservative commentators. For the record: Our ideology is rooted more in Paul Goodman than Allan Bloom.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/The-Self-Exam-That-Higher/128543/

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  1. September 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm

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