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ERIC Number: EJ907836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
Beating the Apple Tree: How the University Coerces Activism
Thorne, Ashley
Academic Questions, v23 n2 p212-224 Jun 2010
Universities in the United States are increasingly trading their academic mission for a social mission. They see themselves as responsible for contributing to solutions for the great problems of today. These conscience-troubling problems include racism, the unequal distribution of wealth, and impending environmental catastrophe. To combat these issues, universities are changing curricula, policies, and the spirit on campus. The primary direction of the movement seems to be top-down. College presidents set the tone by declaring their institutions' commitment to various ideologies such as diversity, social justice, and sustainability. Administrators and faculty members develop courses and programs that reflect these commitments. Students, confronted with such course material, must consciously either join in or sit out. Students don't have to look far for a cause to adopt; they are bombarded with causes they "must" adopt. In this article, the author describes what is being offered in the curriculum in place of all that has been lost--current preoccupations such as "social justice" and "sustainability," not taught legitimately as subjects needing analysis and definition, but as unbalanced propaganda with an eye to recruit activists for the cause. (Contains 42 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States