American higher education become a dinosaur? Why do professors all tend
to think alike? What makes it so hard for colleges to decide which
subjects should be required? Why do teachers and scholars find it so
difficult to transcend the limits of their disciplines? Why, in short,
are problems that should be easy for universities to solve so
intractable? The answer, Louis Menand argues, is that the institutional
structure and the educational philosophy of higher education have
remained the same for one hundred years, while faculties and student
bodies have radically changed, and technology has drastically transformed
the way people produce and disseminate knowledge.
long-overdue debate about the future of American education, The Marketplace of Ideas
examines what professors and students—and all the rest of us—might be
better off without while assessing what is worth saving in our
traditional university institutions. Download and start listening now!