In a brilliant new book, George Makari charts the ways Western thinkers have wrestled with questions of how the human mind is related to the material world.
Michael S. Roth is the president of Wesleyan University and the author, most recently, of Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters.
It’s all the rage to bash colleges and the ‘excellent sheep’ that higher ed produces, so a ringing endorsement of a liberal education is both surprising and welcome.
Hired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run New York City’s public schools, Joel Klein now describes his experience and offers plenty of advice worth heeding.
Booker T. Washington promoted a utilitarian approach to education, while W.E.B. Du Bois argued for a broader, more liberal curriculum. The debate resonates to this day.
Americans starting with Benjamin Franklin have been suspicious of liberal arts higher education. But lately the critics’ knives are out in earnest.