The Marketplace of Ideas

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2010 - Education - 174 pages
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Why do professors all tend to think alike? What makes it so hard for colleges to decide which subjects should be required? Why do teachers and scholars find it so difficult to transcend the limits of their disciplines? Why, in short, are problems that should be easy for universities to solve so intractable? The answer, Louis Menand argues, is that the institutional structure and the educational philosophy of higher education have remained the same for one hundred years, while faculties and student bodies have radically changed and technology has drastically transformed the way people produce and disseminate knowledge. At a time when competition to get into and succeed in college has never been more intense, universities are providing a less-useful education. Sparking a long-overdue debate about the future of American education, The Marketplace of Ideas examines what professors and students—and all the rest of us—might be better off without, while assessing what it is worth saving in our traditional university institutions.


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Review: The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University

User Review  - Travis Timmons - Goodreads

I was hoping for a more sustained and coherent argument about higher education and/or reforming it. However, Menand's analysis is remarkably concise (and breath-taking in a sense!) with sparking clear ... Read full review

Review: The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University

User Review  - Charlotte - Goodreads

If you want to understand the difference between US higher education and elsewhere in the world, this is the book to read. Read full review



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Louis Menand, professor of English at Harvard University, is the author of The Metaphysical Club, which won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in History. A longtime staff writer for The New Yorker, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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