A great Manifesto from Brendan Larvor, philosopher, polymath, and an expert in history and philosophy of mathematics (see his Academia page). To give some flavour, I list section headings from his document:
- We do not teach in an ideological vacuum.
- We are not here to give students what they want, but rather what we know to be good for them.
- Every model of learning implies a model of humanity, and may be judged by it.
- Students do not know what higher education is.
- Higher education is education in values.
- Classes are the common rite in the cathedral of reason.
- The lofty aims intrinsic to higher education are necessary enabling conditions for the utilitarian, economistic aims imposed on it from without.