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Not for Profit by Martha C. Nussbaum
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Aug 19, 2011

Read from August 19 to 20, 2011

A decent overview of the challenges facing liberal arts education with a focus specifically on the United States and India. These challenges are centered in an opposing model of education that focuses on education primarily as a tool for economic growth through the training of a docile but skilled workforce. It is curious here she did not explore more explicitly the work of Paolo Freire, mentioned in the introduction along with Montessori. Nussbaum lifts up the importance of the liberal arts for the formation of the informed citizenry necessary for the continued maintenance of democracy. Nussbaum's brief overviews of the contributions to liberal arts education by Rousseau, Dewey, Alcott were interesting but could have used further development; she focuses primarily on Tagore, who is obviously a great inspiration to her.

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