The Abandoned Generation by Mr. William H. Willimon
Rethinking Higher Education

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Convinced that America's institutions of higher learning now face a crisis - that they are not meeting the educational needs of their students, that faculty members can do better - William H. Willimon and Thomas H. Naylor here propose bold changes in the nation-s undergraduate educational system. By looking at academic life from the students' point of view - the text is filled with real-life situations, reflections from students, and poignant illustrations - The Abandoned Generation evaluates American colleges and universities on the basis of the quality of the lives that they are now producing. Willimon and Naylor take an honest look at three realities of student life - substance abuse, indolence, and excessive careerism. They then evaluate the underlying causes - the sense of meaninglessness in student life and the absence of community. Finally, they build a provocative four-tier strategy for change - restructuring the academy, teachers who actually teach, curriculum reform, and the creation of learning communities.

About Mr. William H. Willimon

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William H. Willimon is the Presiding Bishop of the Birmingham Area of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. Recognized as one of the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, he is the author of several books, including "United Methodist Beliefs: A Brief Introduction" and "The Early Preaching of Karl Barth", both published by WJK. Thomas Naylor is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University. During the 1970s he was president of a major software firm. He's written the New York Times and other major publications and thirty books, including the recent, much-discussed "Affluenza." In 2003 he founded The Second Vermont Republic. Naylor lives outside Burlington Vermont.
Published July 17, 1995 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.. 182 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Professors have lost sight of their true mission, which is to instill in undergraduate students a sense of moral orientation in the world.

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Like Plato in his Phaedrus, the authors worry about students who ``will receive a quantity of information without proper instruction, and in consequence be thought very knowledgeable when they are for the most part quite ignorant.'' Troubled by an increasingly anti-intellectual atmosphere on coll...

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