As a fascinated observer and soon to be consumer of higher education, I have been following Larry Summers’ resignation from Harvard with interest because I think it speaks volumes about the state of academia. Peter Beinart, editor The New Republic and an impressive person, has an excellent contexualization (free username/pass required) of the Summers debacle. Read it and it’s hard not to feel sympathetic for the man.
He wanted top professors to actually teach. What???
He wanted the college to serve the nation, not merely itself. Is he nuts?!?
Higher education needs a reinvention.