1987: Raking College Curricula Over the Coals

May 01, 2016

50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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A book by a philosopher at the University of Chicago might not be expected to become a rallying standard for a social cause. But when Allan Bloom wrote The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students, conservatives took it to heart. Its impact, immediate and widespread, has hardly lessened since then. The book is still widely read, and widely debated. (Mr. Bloom died in 1992.) “In a strange way, he’s on common ground with the protesters of the ’60s,” Tom Hayden, the former student activist, told The Chronicle, “because from different perspectives we felt that the university was lacking in moral commitment.”