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Against Schooling: For an Education That Matters (The Radical Imagination)
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The present volume is more theoretically ambitious, denser, and at times more disjointed. However, the analysis of the current (early 21st Century) set of predicaments facing college faculty is convincing and devastating, and Aronowitz diagnoses the problems of the liberal/left in the academy with precision and sympathy. He makes a few very helpful suggestions as to what one might do to break through the impasse. Likewise, his discussion of the history of labor unions is helpful and well-written. I also appreciated the discussion of Gramsci's views of education -- of which I was unaware. The book ends a bit curiously -- with what feels like a separate essay on Paulo Freire.
But all in all, it's a very fine book, and to my mind, no one really understands what is happening at the university better than Aronowitz. And to his credit, he's not willing to just sit around and bemoan the sorry state of things. Whether or not you share his political views, you'll be hard pressed to deny his analysis of the US economy, the job market, and how these matters are connected inextricably to college and how it works and what it teaches.
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