The humanities call upon us to rediscover that cooperation across difference, and not competition, drives community, the nation and life itself.
The building blocks of modernity are under attack. Uncertainty, doubt, capacity for abstraction, wonder, utopia, irony – we are temporarily retreating from these tendencies that have historically driven the humanities.
Instead of working with the strengths of the students so that they can become the best citizen or employee they can be, we have a system that reduces students to a simple hierarchical order.
The discipline of humanities is facing threats from state-controlled powers across the world. But a bigger danger may be the refusal of academics to allow dissidence within the discipline.
Though China’s graduates with technical skills have attractive employment opportunities, the rest’s education leaves them unprepared for available jobs.
And while the IITs have been in decline for many years now, some of the MHRD’s exclusivist policies are poised to drive them further into the ground.