Killing the Spirit: Higher Education in America

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Penguin Books, 1990 - Education - 315 pages
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In contrast to the neo-conservative critique of academic leftists (see LA227), Smith, author of the eight-volume A People's history of the United States, goes for the right target--the institution, not the individual. The problems: academic fundamentalism; the flight from teaching due to tenure requirements; the worthlessness of most research and the mediocrity of most monographs; the narrowing of the disciplines; the dominance of the "scientific" approach--dispassionate, distant, objective. No bibliography. (RC) Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Historian Smith is the author of the eight-volume "People's History of the United States.'' Here he has produced an excellent general history of American higher education, beginning with a discussion ... Read full review

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A fearless examination of the declining state of education a la 1990. Its truths are never more relevant and alarming than now. Read full review


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