ERIC Number: EJ1070518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education under Siege: Implications for Public Intellectuals
Giroux, Henry A.
Thought & Action, p63-78 Fall 2006
What is the task of educators at a time when mainstream American culture is increasingly characterized by a declining interest in and misgiving about national politics? How one answers this question will have a grave impact not only on higher education but on the future of democratic public life. There are no simple solutions says author Henry Giroux. Hence it becomes crucial for educators at all levels of schooling to provide alternative democratic conceptions of the meaning and purpose of both politics and education. In this article, Giroux argues that one of the primary tasks facing educators, students, community activists, and others in the 21st century should center around developing political projects that can challenge the ascendancy of cynicism and anti-democratic tendencies in the United States by defending institutions and mechanisms that provide the pedagogical conditions for critical and engaged citizenship. Crucial to such a challenge, explains Giroux, is the role that higher education can play in reclaiming the links between education and democracy, knowledge and public service, and learning and democratic social change.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Democratic Values, Ideology, Political Attitudes, Political Influences, Politics of Education, Democracy, Job Training, Role of Education, Educational Objectives, Anti Intellectualism, Unions, Educational Practices, Intellectual Freedom, Educational Quality, Fund Raising, Working Class, Neoliberalism, Alignment (Education), Professional Identity
National Education Association. 1201 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-833-4000; Fax: 202-822-7974; Web site: http://www.nea.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A