THE COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS by Paul Goodman

THE COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Paul Goodman, always a stimulating critic if something of a maverick, has written his most specifically supported book today which is an indictment of American colleges and universities along with some definite plans for sweeping remedial innovations. Although those who are conversant with the present state of higher education will be familiar with some of the individual charges here, rarely have they all been combined with much an overwhelmingly damning effect; certainly not in one short volume which also provides clear accounts of both theory and practice in education from the Middle Ages to the present day. Goodman attacks, among other things, the administration, the cost of college tuition, the use of universities for research on atomic projects, the subservience of college professors and their lack of academic freedom, etc., etc. Whether or not one subscribes to his proposed steps toward final solutions, or even to his basic views, this book is a radical approach to many aspects of higher education today; it continually seeks, and often reaches, the real objectives and failures. Goodman has an audience, and his book will again be a controversial discussion piece.

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 1962
Publisher: Random House