This provocative and timely book has two aims. The first is to report on the worldwide coverage of the collapse of academic values in higher education, and to explain why that collapse is a social and cultural catastrophe, not just in the USA and the UK, but also in Australia, Germany, France and elsewhere.
The second is to show the relevance of this reality within the Irish context. Bearing witness to her direct experience of the corporate university as it currently operates in Ireland, the author suggests that it may be too late to prevent a similar level of academic bankruptcy in the Isle of Saints and Scholars.
Mary Gallagher argues that the inherent worth of knowledge and creative thought has been jettisoned in favour of its exchange value alone. She then explores in depth the implications for this new approach to education in third level education. What is lost?
Who loses and who gains? And do we really want our colleges and universities to surrender the work of education to the business ethos and the profit motive? Academic Armageddon will be thought-provoking reading for educators, students, graduates, policymakers, parents and anyone concerned about the role that third-level education should play in Irish society.
|Publication date||4 Mar 2013|