By Michael Bérubé, J. Ruth
This publication is a full of life, passionate defence of up to date paintings within the humanities, and, past that, of the collage approach that makes such paintings attainable. The book's stark debts of educational labour, and its proposals for reform of the tenure method, are novel, debatable, well timed, and extremely necessary.
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At the University of Washington, for example, in recent years, as 27 The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom many as one-quarter of the students found they were unable to get into a humanities course. So it turns out that on one hand, the humanities continue to thrive in liberal arts schools. I suspect that 24 February 2009 was the slowest news day in the history of the planet, a day on which no men bit dogs and no dogs bit men. For might this not be the reason students go to liberal arts schools in the first place?
By contrast, there is probably no way to make the case for tenure and academic freedom to people who oppose tenure on principle. The past 40 years have witnessed sustained and largely successful attacks on all forms of job security and organized labor, with the result that the union members are a tiny percentage of the American workforce and public school teachers have come under withering assault by charter-school merchants and their many allies in the media. When such people read that over 70 percent of American college teachers have no substantial job security and are being paid subsistence (or sub-subsistence) wages, their response is not “my gosh, that’s terrible—higher education is one of our most important assets as a nation” but, rather, “good!
Com/opinion/ Op-Ed/2013/09/18/Death-of-an-adjunct/stories/201309180224, and L. V. Anderson, “Death of a Professor,” Slate 17 Nov. 2013. html 18. Edward H. Levi, Point of View: Talks on Education (University of Chicago Press, 1970), p. 170. 19. Levi, Point of View, p. 169. ” It remains one of my favorites in the “crisis of the humanities” genre, and I think it deserves a separate treatment here, for three reasons. ”1 Two, the article includes conservative critic Arthur Kronman who, also reading from the 1990s playbook, insists that “the need for my older view of the humanities is, if anything, more urgent today,” on the grounds that the humanities “are extremely well-equipped to address” what reporter Patricia Cohen calls “the greed, irresponsibility and fraud that led to the financial meltdown” (presumably this would entail mandatory seminars on Greek and Roman theories of civic virtue for all Wall Street traders).
The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments by Michael Bérubé, J. Ruth