Download e-book for iPad: All the Essential Half-Truths about Higher Education by George Dennis O'Brien

By George Dennis O'Brien

During this clean and unique exploration, George Dennis O'Brien appears at greater schooling in the United States. O'Brien argues that to discuss intelligently the way forward for schooling we needs to cease concentrating on its beliefs and glance as an alternative at its associations. He does this via addressing 9 half-truths, similar to no matter if "low price public schooling merits the least advantaged in society," and is going directly to learn how effectively they replicate the genuine kingdom of upper schooling. the result's a thought-provoking dialogue of the current demanding situations and destiny clients of yank better schooling.

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The lessons of history by no means defend contemporary tenure. It could be argued that the first plea for tenure was Socrates’ recommendation to the court of Athens that he be allowed to continue his critical inquiries-and be provided with free meals for life in the Prytaneum, the traditional reward for Olympic athletes. His suggestion was offered as an alternative to the death penalty. The original AAUP plea for tenure was based on Tenure Is a Necessary Condition of Academic Freedom 33 two notions: researchers need freedom to inquire, and since academics are so poorly paid, a career-long contract is a balancing compensation.

And if continuing appointment rests on competence, it would seem plausible to have continuing review of compe- Tenure Is a Necessary Condition of Academic Freedom 37 tence. Loss of competence would mean loss of position or specific function; surgeons who lose competence lose the license to suture. Since modern tenure is not a license to the individual but an “employmentyycontract, loss of competence would mean termination or alteration of function. It is, however, virtually impossible to find post-tenure review policies in universitiesmore precisely, post-tenure reviews that alter status for incompetence.

Where Socrates draws the sharpest contrast between gods and men in terms of wisdom versus ignorance, Aristotle argues that humans are most like the gods in the act of knowing. The Aristotelian tradition is the mainline AAUP tradition of academic-freedom-and-tenure. Tenure is granted for an attained skill; it is an entitlement based on that proficiency. One has the freedom to search because of some level of truth attained (thus, the initial reservation for university professors). Tenure is a freedom-to-search license analogous to the physician’s license to practice medicine.

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