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Beyond the Culture Wars : How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education - Gerald Graff

Beyond the Culture Wars

How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education

Paperback Published: 1st September 1993
ISBN: 9780393311136
Number Of Pages: 224

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Higher education should by a battleground of ideas: the real problem, Gerald Graff says, is that students are not getting more out of the battle. In this lively book, Graff argues that the "culture wars" now being fought over multiculturalism and political correctness are actually a sign of the intellectual vitality of American education-but they need to be used creatively, made part of the educational process itself.

"Everyone to whom universities matter should read Beyond the Culture Wars... There could be no more tactful and well-informed guide than Mr. Graff to the actualities of university life... A passionate tribute to the extraordinary difficulty and worth of learning, particularly in a climate of competing demands." -- Nina Auerbach - New York Times Book Review "Engaging, hopeful, and persuasive." -- Christian Science Monitor "Graff provides a useful analysis of the widespread incoherence in university education today, and even more importantly, some practical proposals for overcoming it. His idea of learning communities, based not on artificial consensus but on engaged argument, is most promising." -- Robert Bellah "Effectively explodes a whole corpus of myths that have become the conventional media wisdom about the 'crisis' in education." -- Chicago Tribune "Graff argues eloquently for a curriculum that includes political debates and multicultural texts... He wisely notes that the term 'common culture' is always evolving." -- Publishers Weekly

ISBN: 9780393311136
ISBN-10: 0393311139
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st September 1993
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.21