Synopses & Reviews
Focusing solely on the topic of higher education—its opportunities, complexities, and challenges and how to make the most of them—this engaging anthology enriches users' critical thinking, communication, and research skills with reading and writing assignments that will improve one's ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate arguments; construct written arguments and interpretations; plus hone research capabilities using the library, on-line sources, interviewing, and observation. Moves from critical reading to informal journal writing to formal essay writing. Begins each unit with an introductory essay laying out the main issues to be covered; starts each reading with a short description of the author and a brief summary; and follows with a reflective writing assignment. Covers such subjects as popular culture, gender, the environment, the influence of advertising and other media on consumers, the economy, music, AIDS, and literacy, and emphasizes that college is about more than career preparation and personal advancement—that it is about self-understanding, social awareness, community development, learning for the sake of learning, and more. For instructors of college freshman orientation programs; also for those interested in critical reading and writing with a focus on higher education.
Table of Contents
I. EDUCATION AND CULTURE. How Selective Colleges Heighten Inequality, Robert Reich.
Learning Silence: Scenes from the Class Struggle, Peggy Orenstein.
Education: The Trouble with Single-Sex Schools, Wendy Kaminer.
The War Against Boys, Christina Hoff Sommers.
Success Against the Odds: Young Black Men Tell What It Takes, Benjamin P. Bowser and Herbert Perkins.
Something to Push Against, Ron Suskind.
Who Gets Called Queer in School?, Andi O'Conor.
Why the Americans are More Addicted to Practical than to Theoretical Science, Alexis de Toqueville.
II. BEING IN COLLEGE. The Difference between High School and College, Jack Meiland.
On the Uses of a Liberal Education: As Lite Entertainment for Bored College Students, Mark Edmundson.
On the Uses of a Liberal Education: As a Weapon in the Hands of the Restless Poor, Earl Shorris.
The Allegory of the Cave, Plato.
Lowering the Bar, Stuart Rojstaczer.
Too Many Students are Holding Jobs for Too Many Hours, Jacqueline E. King.
Introduction to Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Are Crippling Undergraduate Education, Murray Sperber.
The University Serving the Community, Thomas Ehrlich.
A Guide to Good Teaching: Be Slow and Inefficient, Michael Randall.
III. THE PURPOSES OF COLLEGE. The Democratic Framework, Steven Cahn.
The Liberal Arts: A Practical View, Mark Jackson.
What People Learn in College: The Major, Jacob Neusner.
Specialization: The Enriched Major, Ernest Boyer.
Hire Education: The Secretary of Labor Tells You Where the Jobs Will Be in the New Economy, Robert B. Reich.
Of Studies, Francis Bacon.
The Mission of the University, Robert Solomon and Jon Solomon.
You Make Your Own Chances: Wealth as an Educational Goal, Paul Rogat Loeb.
The $10,000 Hoop: Has Higher Education Become an Exercise in Futility for Most Americans?, Zachary Karabell.
The Practical Path, Too, Can Be High-Minded, Richard M. Freeland.
IV. EDUCATION AND ASSESSMENT. Inventing Intelligence: The Origins of Mental Measurement, Peter Sacks.
Those Who Can't, Test, Brian Doherty.
The SAT: A New Defense, William C. Dowling.
More Testing, More Learning, Patrick O'Malley.
A Whole Lot of Cheatin' Going On, Mark Clayton.
College Students Speak about ADD, Patricia O. Quinn, M.D.
Sorting Out Which Students Have Learning Disabilities, Perry A. Zirkel.
Grading Your Professors, Jacob Neusner.