Convergence and Diversity, Centres and Peripheries
The Monolithic Un-intentionality of Higher Education Policies: On the Continuing Importance of Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin and the Minor Classics Less Known
A simple truth, though often ignored, is that thinking makes us who we are and knowledge is the substance of thought. Recent higher education policies are not only ignoring this, but fighting it vigorously. While industries of higher education make increasingly unrealistic promises for social mobility and high income with the distinction between advertising tricks and statements of truth becoming blurred, knowledge is being rendered devoid of meaning and learning driven out of higher education. Far from being seen as a problem of a global magnitude, the trend is often being celebrated as a great success. Unless universities return to the educated individual as a knowing self and strong evaluator, this chapter argues that little purpose will have been left for them.
Key words: universities, cooling-out, massification, knowledge, knowing self
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