Re: [SACC-L] Fw: Key person in Education Dept. resigns over neglect of liberal arts
- Thanks for this, Frank. I had missed it. I guess this is an eternal
argument, not to be solved in my lifetime.
Sadly, the "education for employment" philosophy sends students the
message that credits count more than learning. We academicians thus
become surrounded by the "how can I get the most for the least effort"
students, textbook publishers who encourage authors to write similar
books to get a slice of the same, largely unimaginative market, and
the administrative numbers crunchers (our bosses) who, lacking the
courage to be real educational leaders, side against the "education as
nourishment for the soul" crowd.
As an optimist, I can hope that perhaps Ms. Jones' resignation will
start a national dialog on the subject that will carry over into
Barack's presidency (another optimist with hope, huh)!
Good to hear from you, Frank. It's been a while.
On Jun 28, 2008, at 1:59 PM, frank lagana wrote:
> For those who might have missed this:
> > This morning, the Chronicle of Higher Education's daily edition
> has a
> > story
> > about the resignation of the assistant secretary for postsecondary
> > education
> > in the U.S. Education Department. The article begins,
> > "The Education Department is controlled by advisers who have
> > regard for the liberal arts and instead are intent on judging
> > largely
> > by their ability to provide economically measurable talent for
> industry, a
> > recently departed top official told The Chronicle."
> > The official is Diane Auer Jones, who told the Chronicle that her
> > resignation
> > was largely determined by her inability to get others in the
> department to
> > give colleges a greater role in determining their own futures.
> > to
> > Ms. Jones, "Many in the department 'really had the mind-set of
> > standards and tests, content-based tests" as gauges of how well
> > were
> > performing, and they were repeatedly able to translate those
> beliefs into
> > policy decisions." Jones added that Margaret Spellings, who
> directs the
> > department, seemed open-minded and even might have agreed with
> her, but
> > others in the
> > department lacked flexibility.
> > The link to the article is
> > _http://chronicle.com/temp/email2.php?id=5jyjwm9bW8rdnzXsBfnyDTBVdgZMbYk6_
> > (http://chronicle.com/temp/email2.php?id=5jyjwm9bW8rdnzXsBfnyDTBVdgZMbYk6
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