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Prof. Mark W. Edmundson

Professor of English

University of Virginia

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University of Virginia

100 Darden Blvd.

Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

United States

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Bennington College



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New Metric for Colleges:  Graduates' Salaries - New York Times article, September 13, 2013 [cached]

"People are desperate to measure something, so they seize on the wrong things," Mark Edmundson, a professor of English at the University of Virginia (PayScale, 76), told me this week. "I'm not against people making a living or prospering. But if the objective of an education is to 'know yourself,' it's going to be hard to measure that."

Professor Edmundson is author of the recent book "Why Teach? In Defense of a Real Education," which argues that education should transform students by challenging and expanding their conceptions of themselves. "Self-realization doesn't just mean sitting around discussing Plato and Socrates," he said.
Professor Edmundson agreed that class distinctions were a red herring, and said that even vocational programs would benefit from courses in the humanities. "Everyone by virtue of being a human being should have a right to think about who they are and what might make them successful," he said.
And he challenged the idea that choosing a college or major based on a projected high salary was a sure path to security.

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University of Virginia English professor Mark Edmundson is another voice attempting to articulate the current cultural ecosystem, and the minds, souls, and relationships it cultivates. In an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education he attempts to describe the turbo-charged orientation of his students to life around them.

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Mark Edmundson Essays Ask Why Teach? eSumma | | excellence in education: Mark Edmundson Essays Ask Why Teach?

Mark Edmundson Essays Ask Why Teach? In "Why Teach? Mark Edmundson, an English professor at the University of Virginia, defends the mission of higher education against the contemporary "corporate university."
Mark Edmundson's Essays Ask, 'Why Teach?' - "According to "Why Teach?," inspiration is in short supply these days on campus. In the book's first section, Mr. Edmundson describes the growth since the mid-1990s of a more commercial, profit-oriented university culture. Like many other contemporary commentators, he sees a confluence of forces in higher education leading to greater conformity and consumerism at the expense of inquiry, inspiration and challenge. Mr. Edmundson's critique is both personal and idealistic, drawing on his deep belief in the democratic mission of liberal education and on his practical experience as a teacher. He knows the studies showing that students spend less time than ever on their classwork, and he writes of an implicit pact between undergraduates and professors in which teachers give high grades and thin assignments, and students reward them with positive evaluations.
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Mark Edmundson Essays Ask Why Teach? Massive Open Online Courses Evolve

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[Expanded Academic Index] "A pithy critic of terror on film, Freud, and passionless students. (University of Virginia English professor Mark Edmundson) Chronicle of Higher Education v44, n17 (Dec 19, 1997):A13 (2 pages). "University of Virginia English professor Mark Edmundson is becoming a well-known critic of American culture Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. read here read here.

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We're also influenced by the work of University of Virginia English Professor Mark Edmundson, author of Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference. Edmundson outlined his views in a 2003 New York Times article titled "How Teachers Can Stop Cheaters":

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