The Resource 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, Gerald Graff

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Beyond the culture wars : how teaching the conflicts can revitalize American education
Title
Beyond the culture wars
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how teaching the conflicts can revitalize American education
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Gerald Graff
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Beyond the Culture Wars is the first major and refreshingly down-to-earth response to the torrent of criticism in recent years, mainly from traditionalists, of American higher education. Gerald Graff, a professor of English and education at the University of Chicago, argues that, far from being a sign of decline and disintegration. recent educational conflicts are actually a sign of the health and intellectual vitality of American higher education - but they need to be used creatively. A culturally richer curriculum and a more diverse student body have brought on the conflicts over multiculturalism, "political correctness," and which books belong in the canon. But we tend not to see these as strengths, the author argues, because we think of conflict as un-American and of education as an idealized conflict-free zone. Higher education should be a battleground of ideas. The real problem is that students are not getting more out of the battle. It is time, Graff argues, that we stopped lamenting the appearance of conflict in education and began turning our controversies to positive account. Drawing on nearly thirty years of experience as a teacher and administrator, the author shows how the conflicts now confusing students have the potential to help them make better sense of their education and the increasingly conflicted society in which they live. By teaching the conflicts even anger and hostility unleashed over the questions of "political correctness" and the humanities canon can be channeled into educationally productive debate. Graff points out that the most neglected party in the culture wars is the one ostensibly being fought over: the student. We tend to become so embroiled in the warfare between opposing lists of books, he argues, that we forget that for most American students the problem has always been books as such, regardless of which faction is drawing up the reading list. In lively accounts of his own teaching of the canon conflicts and a typical debate in a faculty lounge, and with chapters on the question "When Is Something Political?" and his own youthful fear and dislike of reading, Graff shows where the popular critics of higher education have missed the point. By teaching the conflicts themselves, as many schools are already doing, it is possible to revitalize humanities education and give the curriculum the coherence and focus it has lacked
Awards note
American Book Award, 1993
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DLC
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Graff, Gerald
Dewey number
370.19
Index
index present
LC call number
LC191.4
LC item number
.G73 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Education, Higher
  • Universities and colleges
  • Culture conflict
  • Culture conflict
  • Education, Higher
  • Universities and colleges
  • United States
  • Hoger onderwijs
  • Kritiek (algemeen)
  • Enseignement secondaire
  • Enseignement supérieur
  • Höheres Bildungswesen
  • Multikulturelle Gesellschaft
  • Bildungsideal
  • Hochschule
  • Kulturkonflikt
  • Curriculum
  • Pluralismus
  • USA
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Beyond the culture wars : how teaching the conflicts can revitalize American education, Gerald Graff
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-208) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Introduction: Conflict in America -- Ch. 2. The Vanishing Classics and Other Myths: Two Episodes in the Culture War -- Ch. 3. How to Save "Dover Beach" -- Ch. 4. Hidden Meaning, or, Disliking Books at an Early Age -- Ch. 5. "Life of the Mind Stuff" -- Ch. 6. Other Voices, Other Rooms -- Ch. 7. Burying the Battlefield, or, a Short History of How the Curriculum Became a Cafeteria Counter -- Ch. 8. When Is Something "Political"? -- Ch. 9. Turning Conflict into Community
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (x, 214 pages)
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online
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1028725307
Label
Beyond the culture wars : how teaching the conflicts can revitalize American education, Gerald Graff
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-208) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Introduction: Conflict in America -- Ch. 2. The Vanishing Classics and Other Myths: Two Episodes in the Culture War -- Ch. 3. How to Save "Dover Beach" -- Ch. 4. Hidden Meaning, or, Disliking Books at an Early Age -- Ch. 5. "Life of the Mind Stuff" -- Ch. 6. Other Voices, Other Rooms -- Ch. 7. Burying the Battlefield, or, a Short History of How the Curriculum Became a Cafeteria Counter -- Ch. 8. When Is Something "Political"? -- Ch. 9. Turning Conflict into Community
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (x, 214 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1028725307

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