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Conservatism in Education

American higher education still operates on a model of academic disciplines, lecture-drive teaching and ubiquitous testing that was put in place in the 19th century. Society, economy, technology and careers have all changed dramatically. But though academics pride themselves on their intellectual creativity, universities have changed less than business, the military or the practice of religion.
- Craig Calhoun, An Educator Makes the Case That Higher Learning Needs to Grow Up, NYT Book Review, AUG. 23, 2017


Anthropology, education, psychology, and other academic fields have their own ideologies, which at any given time focus on a certain range of research topics, and which impose blinders on what phenomena are considered worth studying.
- Jared Diamond, The World Until Yesterday, p. 174


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