Monday, August 09, 2010
I just got this book after reading a very favorable review of it in the Wall Street Journal, and I think we'll be hearing a lot more about it. More here after I've read it.
“Renowned sociologist Andrew Hacker and New York Times writer Claudia Dreifus make an incisive case that the American way of higher education, now a 420 billion-per-year business, has lost sight of its primary mission: the education of young adults. Going behind the myths and mantras, they probe the true performance of the Ivy League, the baleful influence of tenure, an unhealthy reliance on part-time teachers and the super-sized bureaucracies which now have a life of their own.
As Hacker and Dreifus call for a through overhaul of a self-indulgent system, they take readers on a road trip from Princeton to Evergreen State to Florida Gulf Coast University, revealing those facilities and institutions that are getting it right and proving that teaching and learning can be achieved—and at a much more reasonable price.”
More at http://www.highereducationquestionmark.com/