Has Higher Education Fallen Down the Rabbit Hole?

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Hershey H. Friedman

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business; CUNY - The Graduate Center

Date Written: July 26, 2020

Abstract

Most Americans believe that higher education is heading in the wrong direction. In Lewis Carroll’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the eponymous heroine’s tumble into a rabbit hole immerses her in a bizarre, surreal, disorienting universe. Has higher education fallen down the rabbit hole? This paper will examine the many ways that academe has become a peculiar, illogical, and topsy-turvy world where things are often the opposite of what we call them and of what we expect them to be. To restore the credibility of our education system and make it of value to most students, it must be completely reimagined and, in fact, totally rebuilt from the ground up.

Keywords: higher education, meaningless research, silo mentality, disciplinary elitism, arrogance of certainty, diversity of ideas, assurance of learning, critical thinking, teaching ethics.

JEL Classification: C00, C10, C40, I20, L15, L21, L82, L86, M31, M37, O3

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H. and Friedman, Linda Weiser, Has Higher Education Fallen Down the Rabbit Hole? (July 26, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=

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