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ERIC Number: EJ1082572
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-1
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Another Look at the Aims of Education
DeCiccio, Al
New England Journal of Higher Education, Sep 2015
The author was able to hear Stanley Fish speak at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in January 2004. Fish, a literary critic, had become dean of arts and sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)--a position he has now vacated. Fish has published widely, usually upholding the ideals of our nation's colleges and universities in his writing. His stated aims for educators were that: (1) educators should do their job (and only their job) well; (2) that educators should not attempt to do the jobs of others for which they are not qualified; and (3) that educators should not let others do their job. Unless he is being playfully ironic, which is possible, the author thinks Fish has it wrong. The author believes that these are the aims of education: (1) that educators should assist students in waking eager from dreams to return to the conversations of their classes, clinicals and internships; (2) that educators should encourage their students to share their social and cognitive gifts in those classes, clinicals and internships; (3) that in those classes, clinicals and internships, educators should model for students how to have respect for the other; and (4) that in those classes, clinicals and internships, educators should prepare students for transformative action. In this article, the author critiques Fish's aims for educators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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