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A Booster Shot from Giroux

June 24, 2009

I heard on the radio this morning that, to be effective, vaccinations require booster shots.  So here’s a booster from Giroux:

Turning higher education into the handmaiden of corporate culture works against the critical social imperative of educating citizens who can sustain and develop inclusive democratic public spheres.  Lost in the merging of corporate culture and higher education is a historic and honourable democratic tradition…that extols the importance of education as essential for a vibrant democracy.  Education within this democratic tradition integrated individual autonomy with the principles of social responsibility.  Moreover, it cast a critical eye on the worst temptations of profit-making and market-driven values. (The University in Chains, 2007, p. 116)


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