Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Goal of Higher Education

Question: Is the following statement a goal of higher education?

Statement: “I once heard a university president state, ‘One of the great contributions of higher education is to show people how to deliberate over contentious issues together.’ ” P. 525.

Comment: In my opinion, NO! And the media’s examples do not help. Even the stately Wall Street Journal’s attempts at interviewing put everyone in a situation in which, guests and interviewer rush to get a word in edgewise, resulting in chaotic, unintelligible blabbering at the same time. RayS.

Title: “Texts of Our Institutional Lives: Strategic Speculations on the Question of Value: The Role of Community Publishing in English Studies.” SJ Parks. College English (May 2009), 506-527.

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