Closed Minds?: Politics and Ideology in American by Bruce L. R. Smith, Jeremy D. Mayer, A. Lee Fritschler

By Bruce L. R. Smith, Jeremy D. Mayer, A. Lee Fritschler

Opposite to renowned trust, the matter with U.S. larger schooling isn't really an excessive amount of politics yet too little. faraway from being bastions of liberal bias, American universities have mostly withdrawn from the area of politics. So finish Bruce L. R. Smith, Jeremy Mayer, and Lee Fritschler during this illuminating booklet.

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Benjamin Rush was one of the framers who thought most seriously about the educational needs of the new nation. He argued for a radical departure from British ideas when he proposed the chartering of Dickinson College in 1783. He called for the teaching of modern languages rather than Latin and Greek and insisted that the sciences, and in particular chemistry, be included in the curriculum of the new college, the aim being to promote industry. Rush was generally critical of Federalist ideas, which he considered unsuitable for a new American kind of college, but he did not dispute the main Federalist premise that education was not a governmental responsibility.

Summers is just one example of a deeper pattern: America’s growing inclination to abandon the very principles that have made it a world leader . . universities are no longer as devoted to free inquiry as they ought to be. The persecution of Mr. Summers for his sin of intellectual rumination is symptomatic of a wider problem. At a time when America’s big political parties are deeply divided over profound questions on the meaning of “life” to the ethics of preemptive war, university professors are overwhelmingly on the side of one political party.

The concept envisioned an arrangement that other states could eventually follow, under which the university would provide information, statistical analyses, and technical expertise to the governor and state legislature. The purpose was to devise effective policies to solve problems and to adopt nonpartisan legislation to that end. It was envisaged that the university would also train new generations of experts who would serve as judges, commissioners, and managers to mediate between conflicting interests, such as, for example, between business and labor.

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