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Why Teach?: In Defense of a Real Education…

Why Teach?: In Defense of a Real Education

by Mark Edmundson

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This collection of previously published essays offers witty, scathing critiques of higher education. A recurring theme in Edmundson's critique is the commercialization of higher education where colleges and universities are more focused on marketing themselves than educating people. The student has become the customer who is always right and the job of the educator is to provide tools to the students so that they can become better tools of our society and fit into the global economy. Edmundson rightly fears for the future of the humanities as it is increasingly marginalized in favor of more utilitarian and profitable departments. These essays remind me of Richard Mitchell, a wonderful professor I had as an undergraduate at Glassboro State College, who wrote his own erudite, acerbic and wickedly funny critique of education, The Graves of Academe. That book, published over thirty years ago, seems more relevant than ever. Essential reading for anyone with a stake in the future of high education. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
A book of essays that center on the value of education and the ways an education these days is diverging from the path of an education in the past. Thoughtful. ( )
  debnance | Jan 4, 2014 |
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Mark Edmundson's essays reclaim college not as the province of high-priced tuition, career training, and interactive online courses, but as the place where serious people go to broaden their minds and learn to live the rest of their lives.
A renowned professor of English at the University of Virginia, Edmundson has felt firsthand the pressure on colleges to churn out a productive, high-caliber workforce for the future. Yet in these essays, many of which have run in places such as Harper's and the New York Times, he reminds us that there is more to education than greater productivity. With prose exacting yet expansive, tough-minded yet optimistic, Edmundson argues forcefully that the liberal arts are more important today than ever.
Why Teach? offers Edmundson's collected writings on the subject, including several pieces that are new and previously unpublished. What they show, collectively, is that higher learning is not some staid, old notion but a necessary remedy for our troubled times. Why Teach? is brimming with the wisdom and inspiration that make learning possible.

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Presents a collection of essays that explore a college education as a means through which serious-minded individuals broaden their minds and acquire life skills, arguing that higher learning is an essential remedy for today's problems.

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