What's Wrong With the American University System


Wed, Aug 4th, 2010 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this interview with The Atlantic, Andrew Hacker, professor emeritus at Queens College in New York, and his coauthor, New York Times writer Claudia Dreifus, discuss their latest book, Higher Education?, a fierce critique of modern academia. To their minds, little of what takes place on college campuses today can be considered either "higher" or "education." They blame a system that favours research over teaching and vocational training over liberal arts. Tenure, they argue, does anything but protect intellectual freedom. And they'd like to see graduates worrying less about their careers, even if it means spending a year behind the cash register at Old Navy.



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