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The Tower Under Siege: Technology, Power and Education

reviewed by Michael Margolis - 2002

coverTitle: The Tower Under Siege: Technology, Power and Education
Author(s): Brian Lewis, Christine Massey & Richard Smith
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal
ISBN: 0773521704, Pages: 240, Year: 2001
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Higher education and scholarly research, particularly in the liberal arts and sciences, supposedly have intrinsic value, regardless of their immediate utility.  Public and non-profit universities in Canada and the US supposedly shelter their faculty and students from most of the vicissitudes of the market economy.  The academy’s rhetoric declares that scholars should have sufficient resources and independence to step back from society in order to reflect upon the conduct of private and civic affairs. As the authors of The Tower Under Siege boldly proclaim, these suppositions no longer apply.   Perhaps they never did.  Historically, specialized programs, schools, or colleges found within and without universities provided training for various occupations and professions from farming and business through engineering, law and medicine.  Patrons and clients of universities—governments, businesses, churches and philanthropies—have always expected graduates to have acquired not merely the virtues of educated citizens but also the practical skills or knowledge necessary to secure desirable livelihoods.  Recently, however, globalization and technology have provided new means for private for-profit educational institutions to challenge the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 1036-1039
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10865, Date Accessed: 7/24/2021 7:00:00 PM

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  • Michael Margolis
    University of Cincinnati
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    MICHAEL MARGOLIS is Professor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati. His most recent book is Politics as Usual: The Cyberspace “Revolution”, (2000), co-authored with David Resnick. Other recent publications include “Brave New Universities”, First Monday and "Using the Internet for Teaching and Research: A Political Evaluation," in Robert A. Cole, ed. Issues in Web-based Pedagogy: A Critical Primer (2000).
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