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Abstract

Anti-intellectual pressures on colleges and universities are not only external; they are generated by colleges and universities themselves. The corporatization agenda, seen in calls to run universities "more like businesses," has produced a managerial approach to education that is fundamentally hostile to free intellectual endeavor. The idea that higher education is not about the common good, but about individual improvement is a major source of anti-intellectualism. The appropriate response to an overly "practical" vision of education, however, is not to retreat into an ivory tower. The clash of ideas cannot always be clean and civil; it must sometimes be messy and boisterous.

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