Liberal Education and Radical Values

Liberal Education and Radical Values

The university as a preserve of the wealthy, the relatively privileged, and a scattering of symbolic scholarship cases is a thing of the past. Mass higher education, so long merely a dream (a nightmare for some), becomes a sounder theoretical possibility and in some schools a literal fact. Now a different kind of student body is here, a student body liberals and radicals have long said they wished to see. Mixed in with those youths we have loosely called the culturally privileged are large numbers we have called the culturally deprived—blacks, “ethnics,” working-class students. I do not mean they aren’t deprived; romanticism about the culture of poverty and blocked social advancement is destructive, a form of seemingly benign condescension. But for the moment: a different kind of student at last. How do we respond? How should we respond?

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Lima