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Save the World on Your Own Time

Save the World on Your Own Time (Paperback)

By Fish, Stanley

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What should be the role of our institutions of higher education? To promote good moral character? To bring an end to racism, sexism, economic oppression, and other social ills? To foster diversity and democracy and produce responsible citizens? In Save the World On Your Own Time,... Stanley Fish argues that, however laudable these goals might be, there is but one proper role for the academe in society: to advance bodies of knowledge and to equip students for doing the same. When teachers offer themselves as moralists, political activists, or agents of social change rather than as credentialed experts in a particular subject and the methods used to analyze it, they abdicate their true purpose. And yet professors now routinely bring their political views into the classroom and seek to influence the political views of their students. Those who do this will often invoke academic freedom, but Fish suggests that academic freedom, correctly understood, is the freedom to do the academic job, not the freedom to do any job that the professor so chooses. Fish insists that a professor's only obligation is to present the material in the syllabus and introduce students to state-of-the-art methods of analysis. Not to practice politics, but to study it; not to proselytize for or against religious doctrines, but to describe them; not to affirm or condemn Intelligent Design, but to explain what it is and analyze its appeal. Given that hot-button issues such as Holocaust denial, free speech, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are regularly debated in classrooms across the nation, Save the World On Your Own Time is certain to spark fresh debate--and to incense both liberals and conservatives alike--about the true purpose of higher education in America. A vigorous defense of that abstemious understanding of the teacher's task, laced with numerous examples of its egregious violation. --First Things Exhilarating, the thought polished and white-hot, this book makes the reader think and often wince, especially teachers like me who have aged out of the intellectual into the easy and congenial. A close reading of Save the World should purge much nonsense from classrooms. --Sam Pickering, author of Letters to a Teacher
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ISBN 9780199892976
Released NZ 31 May 2012
Publisher Oxford University Press
Format Paperback
Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days

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ISBN-13 9780199892976
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Oxford University Press, USA
Released 31 May 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Fish, Stanley
Category Higher & Further Education
Colleges Of Higher Education
Universities / Polytechnics
Political Structures: Democracy
International Humanitarian Law
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 14mm
Dewey Code 378.121
Weight 21g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Education, Higher - Political aspects - United States, Education, Higher - Aims and objectives - United States, College teachers - United States - Political activity
NBS Text Adult & Further Education
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly