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The assault on American excellence, Anthony Kronman

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The assault on American excellence
Title
The assault on American excellence
Statement of responsibility
Anthony Kronman
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The former dean of Yale Law School surveys the full sweep of recent campus controversies to show how these disputes threaten the best of America's intellectual traditions--including democracy itself. In his tenure at Yale, Anthony Kronman has watched students march across campus to protest the names of buildings and seen colleagues resign over emails about Halloween costumes. He is no stranger to recent confrontations at American universities. But where many see only the suppression of free speech, thebabying of students, and the drive to bury the imperfect parts of our history, Kronman recognizes in these on-campus clashes a threat to our democracy. As Kronman argues in The Assault on American Excellence, the founders of our nation learned over threecenturies ago that in order for this country to have a robust democratic government, its citizens have to be trained to have tough skins, to make up their own minds, and to win arguments not on the basis of emotion but because their side is closer to thetruth. In other words, to prepare people to choose good leaders, you need to turn them into smart fighters, people who can take hits and think clearly so they're not manipulated by demagogues. Kronman is the first to tie today's campus debates back to the history of American values, drawing on luminaries like Alexis de Tocqueville and John Adams to show how these modern controversies threaten the best of our intellectual traditions. His tone is warm and optimistic, that of a humanist and a lover of thehumanities who is passionate about educating students capable of living up to the demands of a thriving democracy. Incisive and wise, The Assault on American Excellence makes the radical argument that to graduate as good citizens, college students have to be tested in a system that isn't wholly focused on being good to them"--
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Kronman, Anthony T
Dewey number
378.73
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Higher
  • Intellectual freedom
  • Democracy
  • EDUCATION / Higher
  • EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
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The assault on American excellence, Anthony Kronman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 222-258) and index
Control code
BK0023993438
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First Free Press hardcover edition.
Extent
272 pages
Isbn
9781501199486
Lccn
2018044086
Label
The assault on American excellence, Anthony Kronman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 222-258) and index
Control code
BK0023993438
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First Free Press hardcover edition.
Extent
272 pages
Isbn
9781501199486
Lccn
2018044086

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