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

By George Dennis O'Brien

During this clean and unique exploration, George Dennis O'Brien seems to be at larger schooling in the US. O'Brien argues that to discuss intelligently the way forward for schooling we needs to cease targeting its beliefs and glance as an alternative at its associations. He does this via addressing 9 half-truths, similar to no matter if "low expense public schooling advantages the least advantaged in society," and is going directly to study how safely they mirror the real kingdom of upper schooling. the result's a thought-provoking dialogue of the current demanding situations and destiny clients of yankee greater schooling.

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Professor I. I. Rabi, distinguished senior faculty member and future Nobel Prize winner, rose and said with measured dignity, “Sir, the faculty are not the employees of Columbia University, the faculty is Columbia University. ” Any presentation of the modern university must start with faculty and recognize the force of Rabi’s rejoinder. Recognizing faculty as prime actors reflects contemporary perception (and underlying reality), as the Eisenhower anecdote quite properly demonstrates. Contemporary perception and faculty axiom do not, however, conform to historical precedent or philosophical necessity.

But in institutions where advanced research is modest at a stretch, “tenure” cannot be a function of that sort of academic freedom. Raising competence questions about either research or teaching can, of course, be a mask for ideological disagreement. The conservative economist may believe that Professor K. 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.

Since all studies cannot be financed, which ones should be chosen? Disciplines Are Institution-Independent If disciplines are at least quasi-independent from one another, they are manifestly institution-independent. This assumption is critical-and it is at the heart of the research university revolution. One might invert the normal public perception of multiple university institutions at which there are departments of physics and say that it is more accurate to speak of the International Institute of Physics with a number of local franchises.

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