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What about recall?

Reader comment on item: Redeeming the Wayward University [through Engagement by Outsiders]

Submitted by David W. Lincoln (Canada), Nov 28, 2006 at 10:32

When it comes to hiring professors, do they get the okay from a panel, or from a person? The distinction is important because it's been said that two heads are better than one, and that logic extends to a manageable number greater than two.

However, John Dewey, the "Lion of Columbia" provides another dynamic: his views changed and so did his writings. Mortimer Adler challenged him when he discovered this, and frankly even though both are no longer on the scene - the war rages on. So, why not bring recall into being? That way professors can be held accountable for their writings, and why they have changed.

My view is, the last bastion of Gramsci, Lenin, Marx, Stalin, and the rest who identify with the hammer and sickle - the last bastion that they have are those universities which have gone wayward.


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