Old School, New School
A conversation between a senior faculty member and an up-and-coming administrator.
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A new venture will teach the humanities to rich kids who aren’t the best and brightest but who will probably influence society anyway. We deserve what we get, says Mary Churchill.
The humanities are a thorn in the side of contemporary capitalism, says Michael Brown, and that’s why A.C. Grayling’s plan for a private college in Britain is a disaster.
Tenure decisions are fraught with unfairness, within both departments and administrations.
Administrative requirements for tenure threaten academic freedom, stifle unconventional ideas, and undermine faculty collegiality.
The tenure-and-promotion process can be shockingly unfair and needs to be radically overhauled, says Mary Churchill.
The problem is that we view the sciences as specialized knowledge and the humanities as general knowledge. Neither assumption is correct.
It’s time for liberal-arts faculty to stop looking down their noses at the sciences, which are as essential to literacy as the humanities.
To emphasize the sciences at the expense of the humanities discounts our social nature and the importance of values.
How and why measurable outcomes and cost-benefit analysis have invaded higher education -- and why they shouldn’t.