The Decline of Civic Learning in Higher Education and the Subsequent State of Our Nation's Democracy
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractDespite the formidable efforts initially put forth to establish a system of self-governing and the pragmatic goals originally made to educate a citizenry capable of leading the country, America's higher education system continues to move farther and farther away from one that instills the virtues needed for a healthy democracy. The trend set by our nation's universities illustrates a lack of value placed on a liberal education. Rather, our schools rely on concrete metrics to prove a return on investment to taxpayers and validate their institution's value to stakeholders. In a country obsessed with "performance", we must learn how to balance the products of education with the processes of education . Failing to do so will leave our nation without citizens prepared to lead and without future generations who understand the civic ideals once held by our nation's founders. This paper assesses the current state of American higher education and the toll its inefficiencies have taken on our democratic wellbeing.
Degree ProgramHonors College