By RJ Snell, November 2, 2009 in Outside the Classroom
In An Education for our Time, Josiah Bunting suggests that the fictional Adams College ought to hire mentors especially based on "how the candidates have lived their own lives . . . " (210).
Even more, perhaps, than their publishing record.
I wonder, should good character become an issue in hiring?—and not just the feeble "collegiality," but goodness.
Can a university in a liberal regime understand what this means, let alone enact it? But if such a university cannot understand or enact this, the moral nature of its "citizens," can the university attain its telos?
And if the university cannot attain its telos, ought it be a university?
Is it time, in other words, to admit that many universities are technical colleges? And that technical colleges are wonderful things, but decidedly not universities?