Johann N. Neem is professor of history at Western Washington University. He is the author of What’s the Point of College? Seeking Purpose in an Age of Reform and Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America.
We are living through a time, however, when we cannot take our shared identity—and therefore our shared stories—for granted.
As a child, I thought that to be American was to believe in individuality, to support pluralism and equality, and to celebrate common holidays and eat common foods.
Whether revering or rejecting his work, McGuffey’s fans and detractors both manage to miss the point of his original project.
Those committed to human rights at the global level should seek not to universalize the particular but rather to particularize the universal.
Warikoo might have explored the ways in which Asian cultural repertoires matched up with the neoliberal transformation of our schools and colleges.
We do not know how to evaluate what makes up a good college education.