Unmaking the Public University: the Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class
January 16, 2014
An essential American dream—equal access to higher education—was becoming a reality with the GI Bill and civil rights movements after World War II. But this vital American promise has been broken. Christopher Newfield argues that the financial and political crises of public universities are not the result of economic downturns or of ultimately valuable restructuring, but of a conservative campaign to end public education’s democratizing influence on American society. Unmaking the Public University is the story of how conservatives have maligned and restructured public universities, deceiving the public to serve their own ends… Newfield shows that the culture wars have actually been an economic war that a conservative coalition in business, government, and academia have waged on that economically necessary but often independent group, the college-educated middle class.
Unmaking the Public University: the Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class, by Christopher Newfield. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008. 395 p. ISBN 9780674060364 (pbk.)
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