The Idea of a University – Not what is going on now.

The Idea of a University – Not what is going on now. – Stanley Fish echoes John Henry Newman in this NY Times essay.

The Value of Higher Education Made Literal

By STANLEY FISH

Stanley Fish on education, law and society.

A few weeks ago at a conference, I listened to a distinguished political philosopher tell those in attendance that he would not be speaking before them had he not been the beneficiary, as a working-class youth in England, of a government policy to provide a free university education to the children of British citizens. He walked into the university with little knowledge of the great texts that inform modern democracy and he walked out an expert in those very same texts.


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