Is Fundamental Change Really ‘Inevitable'?

Perry A. Holloway, Inside Higher Ed, Dec 06, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I am sympathetic with many of the arguments offered by this California professor but I feel that his depiction of curricular and pedagogical change as being driven by the administration for fiscal purposes to support business interests is too narrow. Yes, professors should protect student interests, and yes, professors should be able to freely, without fear of reprisal, voice their opposition for change. But it's a far cry today from the day when professors were the voice for change, when it was professors, not cynical administrators, who were at the head of the drive to increase access and democratize institutions. If professors merely retrench, they lose. If they find a clear sense of purpose and values, they drive the agenda at their own pace.
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