Review Of Stanley Fish's 'Save The World On Your Own Time'

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Save the World on Your Own Time by Stanley Fish focuses on the real task of professors of colleges and universities. As Fish says “What the distinctive task college and university professors are trained and paid to perform? (Fish 168). Should professors teach their ideologies and partisan political views to students? Fish believes that professors of higher education should limit themselves to only introducing “students to bodies of knowledge and traditions of inquiry … with the analytical skills … and to engage in independent research should they choose to do so.” (Fish 18) Stanley Fish argues that professors offer themselves as moralists or agents of social change rather than introducing students to bodies of knowledge and traditions…show more content…
(The Toulmain Model of Argumentation) Fish’s “Claim” was about questioning the real task of the professors of colleges or universities and that it’s not about preaching but it’s to introduce students to bodies of knowledge and equip them with analytical skills. He supported it with strong “Grounds” when he said, “Wesleyan University starts well by pledging to cultivate a campus environment where students think critically … but then we read of the of the intention to foster awareness, respect and appreciation for a diversity of experiences … why should students be taught to respect a diversity of intersects … the missing word here is to evaluate”, (Fish 10-11) and the “Claim” through the “Warrent” which is the chains of reasoning. He also used “Backing” when he conveyed that faculties that promote diversity and develop student’s ethics of service are not doing their jobs and they are altering their jobs from to teaching to indoctrination. Fish also included in his argument some “Rebuttals” when he included Anthony Kornman, whose book Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life, advocates that professors’ roles are “To encourage the personal reflective enterprise on great questions and great ideas.” (Review: Save the World on Your Own Time) This shows that he is aware of the opposing

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