Universities: Joining the Real World

"The philosophers have interpreted the world," wrote Karl Marx. "The point, however, is to change it." That, in essence, is the purposeful goal of higher education put forward by a new self-study report of the emphatically non-Marxist University of Oklahoma. Published this month, the document argues that it is time for universities to abandon the ideal of aloof scholarship that analyzes but never commits to action, that describes but never defines moral values. The true goal of the university is to become "passionately involved in questions of spiritual and moral values in...

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