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Not For Profit

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Publication date: May 2010
ISBN: 9781400834228
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In this short and powerful book, celebrated philosopher Martha Nussbaum makes a passionate case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education.

Historically, the humanities have been central to education because they have rightly been seen as essential for creating competent democratic citizens. But recently, Nussbaum argues, thinking about the aims of education has gone disturbingly awry both in the United States and abroad. Anxiously focused on national economic growth, we increasingly treat education as though its primary goal were to teach students to be economically productive rather than to think critically and become knowledgeable and empathetic citizens. This shortsighted focus on profitable skills has eroded our ability to criticize authority, reduced our sympathy with the marginalized and different, and damaged our competence to deal with complex global problems. And the loss of these basic capacities jeopardizes the health of democracies and the hope of a decent world.

In response to this dire situation, Nussbaum argues that we must resist efforts to reduce education to a tool of the gross national product. Rather, we must work to reconnect education to the humanities in order to give students the capacity to be true democratic citizens of their countries and the world.

Drawing on the stories of troubling--and hopeful--educational developments from around the world, Nussbaum offers a manifesto that should be a rallying cry for anyone who cares about the deepest purposes of education.

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Pause for thought

Although this was aimed more at the US and Indian education system there were still some references to the UK system, and in general the ideas carry across. As an ex-student of the Arts I admired her articulate argument in defense of Humanities subjects. Often they are seen as easier, lightweight, or non-professional disciplines which in some circles I got tired of defending too. Here she argues that there are moral and human values taught through Humanities that are absent in in technological subjects, toward which there is an increasing bias. She explains that an over-emphasis on development leads to greed and an unnatural focus on growth, where success is measure in GDP. I didn't agree with everyhting but it did make me think.
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A new perspective!

A different insight about the education of today, about the history and future, the book For Profit by Martha C. Nussbaum argues why democracy needs humanities. She states that the educational system around the world is just a tool to make students pursuers of profit, and not humans that have feelings, values and who think rationally. I would not completely agree with this idea, but it is an interesting, revolutionary view of a world in which the GDP is the clue for success. It might be a good idea to start following different rules that will make us better as human being, more valuable. This book is worth reading for those want that feel the need for change.
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Not For Profit ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Martha C. Nussbaum
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