Beyond the Culture Wars by Gerald Graff
How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education

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Is the academic warfare over multi-culturalism and political correctness really a sign of America's intellectual decline, as critics such as Allan Bllom and Dinesh D'Souza have suggested? Or is it in fact a welcome sign of vitality, an assertion of the desire for American cultural citizenship by women, blacks, and other groups previously excluded from the mainstream? In this response to these critics, Professor Gerald Graff argues that the conflicts over education today signal the intellectual vigour of American higher education. By teaching these differing conflicts, Graff argues that the anger and hostility over political correctness can be channelled into productive debate. Drawing on his experience and teacher, lecturer and administrator, he contends that conservative critics have over-reacted to what is actually a gradual process of change in the American curriculum.

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Gerald Graff , a Professor of English and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and 2008 President of the Modern Language Association of America, has had a major impact on teachers through such books as Professing Literature: An Institutional History , Beyond the Culture Wars: How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education , and, most recently, Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind .
Published November 1, 1992 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 224 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Putting faculty together into cozily ``thematized'' classrooms won't convince everybody that a lot of new learning will occur, and even Graff, as if admitting the unspeakable truth that quality of teaching depends on quality of teacher, devastatingly admits that ``a dull, pedantic faculty teachin...

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Decrying conservatives who claim higher education offers a choice between culture and barbarism, University of Chicago English professor Graff argues eloquently for a curriculum that includes political debates and multicultural texts.

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And the issues of power – not the professor in front of his class but the professor with his female student in his office – are not about to go away.

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