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Cracks in the Ivory TowerThe Moral Mess of Higher Education$
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Jason Brennan and Phillip Magness

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190846282

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190846282.001.0001

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The Gen Ed Hustle

The Gen Ed Hustle

(p.157) 7 The Gen Ed Hustle
Cracks in the Ivory Tower

Jason Brennan

Phillip Magness

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the question of why universities require general education or gen ed. If you ask them, they’ll offer a host of nice, public-spirited reasons. The purpose of gen eds is to ensure that students are well rounded, develop a wide breadth of knowledge and skills, and are exposed to multiple fields so they can make an informed decision about their major. However, the real reason for requiring gen eds is that it represents a way for certain faculty to capture students' tuition dollars. The chapter argues that faculty members exploit students for their own selfish benefit, although they disguise this practice with moralistic arguments.

Keywords:   general education, gen ed, universities, colleges, higher education

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