A positive moment of uncertainty for universities?

Jonathan Grant, Wonkhe, Nov 29, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The point of departure for this article is the John Ralston Saul's idea that there is “interregnum” an “in-between time” following the collapse of globalism in which there is “short positive moment of uncertainty …[where] it becomes possible to emerge into a less ideological and more humanitarian era." This moent comes at a time when universities, like most other institutions, are being challenged. "Perhaps the 'positive moment of uncertainty' for universities is a chance to re-think their public purpose, creating parity of esteem between education, research and service," writes Jonathan Grant. It would be a step in the right direction. Even in the government, the idea of 'service' has taken a back seat to making money and supporting companies. I'd like to see at least some institution trying to give back to the society that supports it.

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