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  • Thinking Dangerously: The Role of Higher Education in Authoritarian Times

    By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout | Op-Ed

    Demonstrators display signs at the National Day of Public Education demonstration against rising tuition costs at the Univeersity of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 24, 2014. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue)Protesters display signs at the National Day of Public Education demonstration against rising tuition costs at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 24, 2014. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue)

    In authoritarian societies, where education is viewed as a threat, it is imperative to teach students to think dangerously and to develop a vision of society that connects private troubles to broader public issues. The fight for the rights of educators and education is central to politics because without a formative culture of questioning by informed citizens, we lose the foundation for a working democracy.

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