Friday, June 29, 2007

Ivory Tower Blues - The Book

This book describes the demise of higher education in Canada and the USA. I just got a copy from Amazon. I read the first 70 pages. So far it presents a very accurate description of the problems compounding higher ed. It does tend to drone on a bit but that's to be expected from a pair of academics.

A review from the National Post.

The demise of university?

By Allison Hanes, National Post

Published: Friday, April 27, 2007

There was a time when James Ct would spend hours marking up the margins of the essays his third-year sociology students at the University of Western Ontario would submit - challenging their arguments, critiquing their prose, making thoughtful suggestions and correcting their grammar.
Now, he does not even return the papers once he tabulates the grades.

Sometime over the past decade, Prof. Ct realized he was ending up with a stack of abandoned essays on his desk at the end of every course, and a sense of futility over the effort he put into providing helpful feedback.

"The students never came to pick them up," he said....[more]

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