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Edmundson’s "Why Teach?" ponders - Are teachers merely service providers?

January 14, 2014

Today's Book Boot highlights one of academia's most provocative voices. Why Teach?: In Defense of a Real Education by Mark Edmundson examines the role of higher education, teachers, and students.

"In this collection of 16 essays, some of which have appeared in Harper's and the New York Times, University of Virginia English professor Edmundson explores how higher education has devolved into a place where preprofessionalism is the order of the day; where the study of literature has become arid and abstract; and where universities behave like corporations, teachers like service providers, and students like customers. He offers, at turns, a meditation, a jeremiad, some musings, and some possible solutions." Publisher's Weekly.